Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Antique Children: A Mischievous Literary Arts Journal
We have our fun, we go a little crazy, we wind up in the gutter and find it isn’t that bad down here amongst the wrappers, rainbows, and broken bottles of despair; in fact, as miserable as we are and as hopeless as we’ve become, we rather like it, and pity those whose sterility and tidiness serve as unmarked graves. Success is a leash. Disgrace is in the eye of the beholder. Bukowski said, “The shortest distance between two points is often unbearable.” Change points to pints, though, and things suddenly improve.
Well, sort of. At least they do when, thanks to Jim Lopez, editor of the print and online journal Antique Children, an old story of mine makes a rare Web appearance.
“Today the World” is part of Among the Living and Other Stories, my chapbook released by MuscleHead Press in 2000. I haven’t written another story quite like it, or like any of the others in that collection. And now, with no electrical outlet in the gutter and an old typewriter that needs a new ribbon, it seems almost foolish to try.
Jim also saw fit to display four of my drawings in the section devoted to illustrations. I’m honored. They came out quite well, I think.
In the Forum: citation needed.