Monday, December 23, 2013

Laurie Stone "Dean, Etc." Four Way Review

Laurie Stone's fiction "Dean, Etc." appears in Four Way Review and cooly condenses conflicts in five brief works of fiction.

A first-person narrator lauds pleasure and pain related to her love life; a girl's beloved dog is dying; a boyfriend clouds a girlfriend's world; a voicemail message cascades in slippery, forgetful syntax; and starlings take on metaphoric significance.

Check this writing out.

Scott Nadelson "Could Be Worse" Four Way Review

Appearing in Four Way Review, Scott Nadelson's story "Could Be Worse" gives the story of Paul, a guy whose dilemma starts with general unease with the world--which he thinks may have to do with his neglecting to take his car to the Baron, a mechanic who takes to mistakenly calling Paul "doctor."

The story uses much space in describing the mechanic and backstory of how they met. The Baron refers to cars as if they were women while, in his house, he has his own, very weighty problems.

The Baron instigates Paul's reflecting about the worth of his own life, the perspective of his own problems.

Very worthwhile read. 

Doug Ramspeck "The Second Coming" Booth

Doug Ramspeck's work of fiction "The Second Coming" appears in Booth and encapsulates in a single paragraph a story about a boy whose father, gone away to prison, returns.

The prose vividly conveys the situation and conflict the boy has, living with a mother who has her own problems.

A very good read from a very worthwhile publication.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holly Wilson _The Lonely_ Narrative Magazine

How happy I was to see a fellow Wichita State MFA-er, Holly Wilson, publishing a novel excerpt (The Lonely) in Narrative

Wilson's excerpt gives a first-person POV addressing the reader, foreshadowing the arc of the prose here. It's 1992, the morning of the first snow of the year, and "a little white girl" is on her way to track down her penpal, Demarcus, in Chicago.

Wilson's prose is fun, with syntax and diction conveying character. Her prose always casts that dreamlike feeling of walking and feeling through the story, of leaving this world for the fictive dream, mostly because images (gestures and descriptions, as well as dialog and thoughts) are conveyed efficiently and powerfully.