Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Radar and Mr. Cat
That's Big Boy, who came with the Key West condo in which we stayed two Januaries ago.
1. My "Mr. Cat" appears in the new Mississippi Review as part of a selection of flash fictions edited by Kim Chinquee. Among the writers in the issue: Diane Williams, Mary Akers, Randall Brown, Kathy Fish, Tiff Holland, Meg Pokrass. Excellent company.
2. The last time my work appeared in the Mississippi Review was twenty years ago with a very early story titled "Radar." The story evolved from the first chapter of a novel--what I call my "first" first novel, Bad Florida--that I eventually put away. These pages were written in 1988 for my first workshop at Iowa with T.C. Boyle. It's funny to see my obsessions playing out all the way back then. Failed housing developments, subtropical plants, swamps, Florida, identity anxiety, rootlessness, homelessness--all there. Funny, too, to think of how the two pieces talk back to each other. A long time, and no time at all. Twenty years.