The Leap and Other Mistakesby David Barringer
In a pivotal moment, Nadir Birdgrave sells his early sketches for Blue Peal #7 to his fifth stalker, a middle-school substitute teacher named Katarina M. Katarina, in a consolatory email to Mr. Birdgrave, reproaches a derisive critic who supposed that Mr. Birdgrave created the Blue Peal series by "merely looping the rope of his theme through the grommet of his experience and hoisting the flag of his vanity up the pole of his . . ." etc., etc. An empathic nocturnal poet, Katarina, stalking for advice, scours Mr. Birdgrave's pseudonymically eponymous web site. She resents Mr. Birdgrave's temporary Blue Peal affair with commercialism, which undermines Katarina's reputation, among the members of her Thursday sushi club, as a connoisseur of raw integrity. Katarina, bootsneaking in Michigan, unearths Mr. Birdgrave, brooding over his latest work, Johnny Red: An Amatory Allegory. She extorts from her ruffled quarry a mug of port and the first half of a cautionary tale, which Nadir uncorks with the screw of his recovered levity. He decants the opening phrase, "in a pivotal moment," into the thirsty ears of Katarina the Only.
Author Biography: David Barringer is a writer living in Michigan. He has written a novel, Johnny Red: An Amatory Allegory, due out next spring, and is at work on a second novel and another book of stories. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School, David Barringer spent several years as a freelance journalist writing for Details, Playboy, Mademoiselle, The American Prospect, The ABA Journal and others. He now sensibly divides his time between writing fiction and feeding his kids. For information and online stories.
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