If You [ ]: Fabula, Fantasy, F**kery, Hope

If You [ ]: Fabula, Fantasy, F**kery, Hope

by Colin Fleming
If You [ ]: Fabula, Fantasy, F**kery, Hope

If You [ ]: Fabula, Fantasy, F**kery, Hope

by Colin Fleming


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A relationship ends in the space between [ ]. Abe Lincoln and Edgar Allan Poe Two stroll the river in the afterlife, debating a second death. Two boys navigate jazz, baseball, and growing up in the second between the pitch and the swing. And a man from Living Dangerously sets off across the ocean on a pile of lobster traps, seeking the truth of the smoke on the wind.

With If You [ ], author Colin Fleming breaks the unwritten rule of the short story collection. In over thirty different styles, Fleming delivers a punk rock triple album in book form—compositions that display a dizzying range of fearless artistry, from horror to hyper-experimental to a story disguised as a grocery list. Together, these pieces resonate with unexpected chords, exploring the breadth of human experience and affirming that that narrative is everywhere, if we are able and willing to see it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950539215
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Publication date: 01/25/2022
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,146,619
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Colin Fleming is the author of The Anglerfish Comedy Troupe: Stories From the Abyss. Widely published in myriad media, he writes nonfiction for theWall Street Journal, American Interest, USA Today, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Salon, the New York Times, the Washington Post, JazzTimes, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and more. His fiction has appeared in Boulevard, Post Road, VQR, Commentary, London Magazine, Conjunctions, F(r)iction, JazzTimes, AGNI, and Harper's. He is a regular guest on NPR's Weekend Edition and Downtown with Rich Kimball.

Table of Contents

Brackets 3

Blinkered 7

Yellow Hammers 13

My Death Tie 29

EAP and Abe 35

Analogues 43

Sequentials 47

An Incident in Cathedral Romance 53

A Deuce Cross 59

Red Sweatpants 81

The Effect of Gravity Upon the Tub 91

Junction Regale 105

One-Way Zebra 115

Jawbones 129

The Ghosts of the Alley, the Ghosts on the Wall 139

Rimer's Boots 145

Laying Sheets 167

The Taste of Smoke 173

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