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‘News of the Week’ – new fiction

I have a new story called ‘News of the Week’ in West Branch Literary Journal.

I had particular fun writing this one because I operated under a number of constraints.

1) Laura and I spent a week giving each other required items in the story. And so each section contains one such required item.

2) The story is chronologically backward and written in second person.

Were the story part of a tag cloud, a few tags might be:

#taxidermy, #talking animals, #burning garages, #carnivals, #mongols, #death

There’s a war going on between the self-interested, self-serving body that is the corporation, and humans. At this point in our democracy, that’s the primary struggle we’re facing: whether corporate or constituent interests will win out. Weirdly, corporations are staffed by people, presumably, and so you’d expect they’d have some sway. But a corporation has a mind of its own, and corporate goals do not line up at all with potential longer-term goals of our species (these goals might be difficult to agree on, but surely opportunities for cataclysm might be among them). I do wish every CEO (most of whom are among the one percent) would sit down and re-evaluate his or her corporation’s goals based on long-term interests for living here on this planet.

The Rumpus Interview With Benjamin Parzybok (via therumpus)

This is a nice-enough quote… except for my typo. I would think that our species would be looking for opportunities for *avoiding* cataclysm, not looking for opportunities for cataclysm. But what do I know? 

Tickets now available for annual Alaska ice guessing game

Tickets now available for annual Alaska ice guessing game

Strange Horizons Fiction: The Ticket Taker of Cenote Zací, by Benjamin Parzybok

Strange Horizons Fiction: The Ticket Taker of Cenote Zací, by Benjamin Parzybok

More than 80% of California is still in extreme drought, and the near future looks dry.

More than 80% of California is still in extreme drought, and the near future looks dry.