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short stories


he could still smell her on his fingers

early short stories



The first two of these stories were written before my first novel ALWAYS AGAIN. The other one was written between ALWAYS AGAIN and FATHER FIGURE.

BIG INCHES tells of a passage many readers associated with drug smuggling, although when I wrote the tale I was more concerned with metaphysics than marijuana. It's always surprising how others interpret something you've written. There's a certain amount of magic amok in this story, from the machine-tapping to the rolled-up sleeves at the end. The ideal reader will realize that 'Pottah', its two syllables separated and the letters in each syllable reversed, spells 'top hat'.

DESPAIR AT MCDONALDS is a road novel, condensed to a few thousand sad words. The protagonists travel through an hallucinogenic America, ending up where they started.

RED BOAT has always been one of my favorites. It's somehow comforting to me to think of an immensely fat man in a black leather hood living on a ship, listening to country-western music and giving himself an occasional injection. Most editors liked the mask-dropping scene, but rejected the story for either its length or mom/son relationship.

BIG INCHES was first published in the Winter 1989 issue of Space & Time. DESPAIR AT MCDONALDS was first published in Volume 4, 1990 of Collages and Bricolages.

RED BOAT is unpublished at this point.


BIG INCHES
DESPAIR AT MCDONALDS
RED BOAT




ART CREDIT

Self Portrait after Hepatitis. Copyright by Odd Nerdrum. All Rights Reserved.