Friday, December 20, 2013

Shortstack Receives High Praise from the Author

My collection of short stories, Shortstack, runs the spectrum from absurdist satire, "Hanzel and Gretyl A Boomer Fairy Tale," to amusingly personal, "Coming to New York," to wacky parody, "Genesis."

Here is a snippet from "Genesis".
Genesis by God
In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. String Theory came later. The Earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And God said, “Let there be light.”
And Con Edison said, “We’re on it, at least between hurricanes.” And God saw the light was good, although sometimes the wattage was too much and sometimes too little. And some of the new squiggly bulbs didn’t work. And God separated the light from the darkness. And the light was called Times Square. And the Dark was named Saskatchewan. And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day....

Here is a snippet from "Coming to New York".
Marianne grips the steering wheel as if our lives depend it. I am convinced they do. From our position in New Jersey the towers of the George Washington Bridge loom in front of us. Her eyes are determined, focused a block in front of us. A miracle lands us in the lane to Manhattan. I am in awe of my wife....
Marianne swings east onto West 125th Street. She barrels forward onto East 125th Street. I text our progress. Andrew screams—all caps—onto my cell phone screen. DON’T GET ON THE TRIBOROUGH BRIDGE. I look up. Sure enough, looming a block ahead are the unmistakable towers of a bridge....

The other stories in Shortstack are listed in this table of contents.

Hanzel and Gretyl a Boomer Fairy Tale
Icarus in Space
Seldom Seen Slim’s Wild West Adventure
Lost Ring
Coming to New York
Got Tickets?
Memo to Hell
The Strange Case of the Very Absorbing Story
Deteriorata Too
The Book Review
Post Publication Depression
Serving God’s People
Thanksgiving in Eden, Adam’s Memoir
Maurice and Nick
The Astonishing Catfish of Lake Iowa
Uncle Bill’s Unicorn
The Grumpy Old Men’s Club
Rumble at the Grumpy Old Men’s Club

toasting the Shortstack, good with maple syrup

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