Began flash fiction in late 2007: appeared first @ Delicious Demon (archives now closed), then @ Language Is a Virus (archives now closed). 2010 and 2011: appeared @ Gone Lawn Journal/Gone Lawn Excavation Project and @ Metazen and as of December 2011 here @ Fictionaut. February 2012: @ Dead Mule.
Mottos: "Once a writer, always an editor." "In life it's always something, in publishing it's always something else." --Oh, and: "A 'strannikov' a day keeps anomalocaridids at bay."
Flannery O'Connor answered the question "why do you write?" as well as any: "Because I'm good at it." Naturally, I don't write as well as Cousin Flannery, but that's her fault, not mine. While she mastered the short story form to get the ordeal of writing over as promptly as possible, flash offers even more immediate relief. Continuous and persistent oscillation perhaps possibly maybe stands as my chief inspiration.
Authors: Juvenal. Lucian. Dante. Machiavelli. Marlowe. Burton. Vico. Swift. Poe. Gogol. Lautreamont-Ducasse. Dostoevsky. Maupassant. Jarry. Twain. Bierce. Saki. Shestov. Bulgakov. Kharms. Faulkner. O'Connor. Waugh. Eliade. Cioran.
Books: in addition to those represented by the folks above, some recent reads and re-reads: Mikhail Bulgakov/The Life of Monsieur de Moliere; Edward Corbett and Robert Connors/Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student; Paul Feyerabend/The Tyranny of Science; Stephen Romer, ed. and tr./French Decadent Tales; Georges Simenon/Act of Passion.
Kind of you to see my silly piece as worth stealing. Grazi!
Добрый вечер, г-н Странный. Я недавно "здесь"... собираюсь читать и быть читаемый. Eamon Byrne - мой товарищ на этом сайте, великолепный писатель но все ждут, чтобы он читал.
Bonjour! Thanks for your comment on "Etienne's Voice". And thanks for the encouragement and for the friendly post on my wall.
you'll dig Calvino. Check out Jorge Luis Borges, too, if you haven't.
Just read "A Book to Read the Lights By". LOVE that. How droll and smart and utterly original.
Hey s, thank you for finding my rat tale and commenting on it. Much appreciated. Also saw a piece of yours at Metazen. Glad to see you around!
Hey! Glad to see you here. Going back to bed now with a throbbing jaw, but I'll come back later to read.