Sometimes a Cigar

Sometimes a Cigar

by Fred L. Taulbee Jr
     
 

Middle age never hit a punk rocker so hard. I wrote this story after about four years of teaching fiction, some of which was about metaphorical emasculation, so I thought why beat around the bush--pun intended--and why be metaphorical, so I wrote this story about a man who wakes up one day to find IT gone, not cut off, just not there anymore, all of it.

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Overview

Middle age never hit a punk rocker so hard. I wrote this story after about four years of teaching fiction, some of which was about metaphorical emasculation, so I thought why beat around the bush--pun intended--and why be metaphorical, so I wrote this story about a man who wakes up one day to find IT gone, not cut off, just not there anymore, all of it.

This is one of my favorite stories, not only because the length of time between thinking of it (inspiration) and getting it down on paper and finalizing it was all very short, but also because everything seemed to work out for it--all my ideas. The other stories I was thinking of at the time were James Thurber's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" and "Bel Kaufman's "Sunday in the Park," specifically, and a little bit of John Updike's "A & P" and James Joyce's "Araby."

This story plays more mainstream than literary, regardless of the above thoughts, but other stories of mine that I wrote around the same time period include "Bedroom Sets," "Imagined Conversations with Ex-Girlfriends," "Don't Quit Your Night Job, June," and "I Am Bathroom Tile," all of which are less mainstream and more literary, or maybe I'm wrong, so please let me know what you think.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011213502
Publisher:
Fred L. Taulbee, Jr
Publication date:
01/31/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
102 KB

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Meet the Author

4 July 2014 (I swear I'm going to barbecue later) English teacher, writer, filmmaker. If you like my work here, please visit me elsewhere. Book Reviews: http://iftheydonthavebooksdontfuckthem.blogspot.com/ Poetry: http://fredltaulbeejrpoetry.blogspot.com/ PUBLICATION HISTORY I published two short stories in 1994, including "Six Bullets to Kill" in Innisfree and "The Last Tree" in Child Life Magazine. I recently published "A-Haunting We Will Go" in Bete Noire, available here: https://www.createspace.com/4546097 WORK EXPERIENCE I have an MA in Literature and MFAs in Creative Writing and Film Production. I worked in the film industry for about two years, and it culminated in directing Gothic Vampires From Hell. Forgive me for it. I directed it in the style of the producer. It is available on Netflix.

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