My short story “Where Will We Live?” recently appeared in the first issue of the New Zealand-based literary journal Geometry. Click on The Tarantula of Apathy below to read this story and great writing from people all over the world.
Leave behind your trusty Corolla that you bought with cash from a tight-fisted Egyptian grandfather. Hit the breaks in the empty desert. Kill the motor. Leave the keys in the ignition because there is no one around for miles. Watch as the waves of heat rising up from the ground make the air look like it’s melting.
Dig a hole. Dig a big hole in the brittle earth big enough to turn into a little garden pond, like the one at Caroline’s place. Now make the hole even deeper. Make sure no one is looking but of course no one is looking who would be looking anyways.
Now drop the thing into the hole. Get rid of the thing. Look at the thing, sitting there in the hole. Cover it up. Pick up lots of clots of crumbling earth and drop them into the hole. Fling them with some force so that the thing will know that you don’t want it, that it is repulsive in your eyes, that it is certainly not welcome to return to the tarp in the back corner of your carport. Pat down the dirt with a shovel until it looks natural, like no thing was ever buried here and no thing ever will be.
Briefly consider planting a cactus over the thing. Decide that it would be too much trouble.
Walk into the shadow of the mesa. Search for your Corolla.
Notice that you are not alone. Realize that you were never alone. Notice that you have been followed. Notice the ring of hooded figures changing around your Corolla. Know that the hooded figures know everything, saw everything, hear all of your thoughts at this very moment as you are thinking them.
My piece “PETITION: Tell Coors Brewing Company to Stop Drilling in the Arctic” was published in Trop this past week. Click the shocking image below to be redirected to a place where you can safely and anonymously represent the most crucial cause of the past decade without leaving the comfort of your desk.