Jonas David’s Fiction Fridays, Episode #1: Slice of Life

--1:22 PM and thirty-eight seconds on January third, 2018: Strategies for escape: Lift a pencil, sharpened, and place the point against the right tear duct. With the heel of your palm against the eraser, angle the utensil so it is parallel with the bridge of your nose. Thrust into the brain. Find the heaviest object …

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Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado

It's not often (or ever) that I come across a new writer I love this much. This collection of short (and not so short) stories wowed me at every turn, and overwhelmed me with the uniqueness and fresh beauty of the prose.¬† Her use of language is so creative and lovely, I couldn't put it …

Vertigo, by W.G. Sebald: A dark view on memory

This book is about memory. But similar to the other Sebald novel I've read, Rings of Saturn, the true meaning of the book was not clear to me until the end. The novel features an unnamed narrator who may or may not be Sebald himself, traveling about Europe and reminiscing (also similar to Rings of …

VLOG? (If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler)

That's right, I'm reading (listening to) the strange, fourth wall breaking story by Italo Calvino... also, I'm recording myself talking about it? Yes, I'm dipping my feet warily into the frozen, shark laden waters of YOUTUBE. Will strangers want to listen to me ramble in an unfocused, unplanned way about this odd novel? Well I'm …

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Kafka has some way with words that makes everything seem like a slow, surreal nightmare. This story, in simple, straightforward language, manages that feeling while still being somewhat comical. Gregor Samsa wakes one morning to find he's transformed into a giant insect-like creature who's smell and appearance so horrify his family that they can't bear …

Starting at the action

I'm listening to Kafka's Metamorphosis, and the first sentence is him waking up as a giant insect. This is how stories should be told. So many other writers, amateur or not, would write however many thousands of words about the day before it happened--but why waste time getting there? Since the story is about him …