Thursday, June 10, 2010

Whipped Dogs and Butterflies

A kind note from Kevin McCollister:


A man who eats dinner every day at four. A man with a forty inch waist and a thirty inch inseam. A man who shares a bathroom with nine other men. A cold spaghetti eater, the international spokesman of the dull...they’re all “Among the Living” — but just barely.

So much frustration burns within each one of them that it’s a wonder a scream doesn’t erupt until it does.

The stories of Among the Living are just as well-observed as the beautiful poems in The Painting of You but, damn, they seem to come from an entirely different solar system. The narrators of your stories are sardonic, whipped dogs who can’t wait for it all to be over. The man who cared for his ailing mother, however, imagines her eating bowls of cereal with butterflies in her hair.

I think most of us would admit, however reluctantly, to living most of our lives in the world of Among the Living. It’s the possibility of spending a few moments in the world of The Painting of You that makes us smile in anticipation.

Cover image: an early self-portrait (click to enlarge).

Among the Living and Other Stories
The Painting of You

Recently Linked: My thanks to Melanie Huber for linking here from her blog, Mortal Corkscrew. A link there can also be found in the “Reading Room.”

Kevin’s letter added to Among the Living.

In the Forum: his master’s crank and turntable.


Janice said...

Kevin paid you high compliments William...but then your stories are told with emotions that can be felt, just as Kevin's photos bring forth such emotions. You are both great artists...

Stickup Artist said...

Hi William,

I think about that ever present silent scream and I too am surprised I don't hear it escape more often but am not surprised at all when it does. Kind of like Thoreau's "quiet desperation."

I got a chance to poke around your blog a bit and am looking forward to reading much more of your work now that I have.

P.S. Am coveting your illustrated Blake.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Janice. Kevin’s work is a steady source of inspiration. If there were a photographer for Among the Living he would be the one.

Ah, Blake. Five words, Stickup Artist, and I know so much more about you. Delighted to know you’re poking around. It’s a bit like traveling the old Route 66 — a bright flower pops up here and there among the weeds. I love what you’re doing on your blog.

Vatche said...

This adds yet another layer onto my idea of what you look like and how your personality is. Cool and entertaining review from Kevin. Awesome post and write on!

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Vatche — glad you like it. And if you haven’t already, be sure to take a good stroll through Kevin’s blog....