by Stan Rogal


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Normalwhatsnormal by Stan Rogal

normalwhats’normal is a collection of stories which explores the notion of normalcy, both in content and form, when it comes to certain human relationships and behaviours in our culture. The stories are of mixed genre (even genre-bending: realism, magic realism, fairytale, dream...) and mixed discourse (from the erudite to the profane). The reader finds the unreliable narrator, muddied/muddled text, plus allusions to art, literature, music, media, pop culture, and so on to show how these outside forces — rather than simply being experienced as ‘noise’ or ‘filler’ — serve to radically affect a character’s thinking and actions. To show, in fact, that these influences are used by people constantly as a sort of shorthand in day-to-day — “go ahead, make my day” — conversation. What is normal? Nothing is normal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554831944
Publisher: Insomniac Press
Publication date: 12/15/2017
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Poet, novelist, and playwright Stan Rogal's work has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. His poetry collection Love's Not the Way To (BookLand, 2013) was shortlisted for a ReLit Award. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Tell Me a Story (parts published in

Mondo Hunkamooga and

Nimbus II, Ontario) 9

Salad Days 38

Bob&Carol&Ted&Alice Redux

(Experiment-O, Ontario) 51

Creep 63

Little Red 74

Survivalists 89

The Prisoner’s Dilemma (Interior Voice, BC) 105

Lost & Found 131

Straight to Video 142

Landscape (Acta Victoriana, Ontario) 158

Czynaski, You Pig 172

awaywithwords 208

Bar Talk 219

Tell Me a Story: reprise 234

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