Politically Inspired

Politically Inspired

by Stephen Elliott

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Politically Inspired by Stephen Elliott

The news media can’t help but leave out a certain personal element from every story. Reading fiction gives us the freedom to envision unlikely connections between characters, overhear conversations in bedrooms and on neighborhood streets, focus in on a child’s thoughts, and linger in unfamiliar places. Politically Inspired is a collection of thirty original short stories, cartoons, and illustrations that illuminate many of the political events and questions of our time. Each of these inventive fictional worlds offers a new perspective on today’s politics of fear, desire, and destruction. We see the President of the United States wake up as a fifth-grader in Minneapolis, peek into a classroom where young boys wear burqas, and read an endearingly eccentric letter to a girlfriend lost on a hijacked plane. Both highly imaginative and deeply relevant, 'Politically Inspired' reveals the myriad ways in which politics shapes our everyday lives.“September 11, the War on Terror, the invasion of Iraq... Why not explore our new reality through fiction, the truest gauge of the national psyche? That was Elliott’s bright idea. And the result? A deeply impressive collection of 26 previously unpublished stories... A superb collection, without a single dud. Grab it.”— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596928893
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/22/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

About the Author: Stephen Elliott grew up a ward of the court in various institutions and group homes in Chicago. He earned his Bachelors degree at the University of Illinois and a Masters degree from Northwestern University. He has worked as a stripper, a cabdriver, a bartender, and a law school admissions consultant.

Table of Contents

I.The politics of children
The President's New Clothes9
Da Bomb29
Where Eric Fell41
Proper Dress49
Balancing Genius53
Jumping Jacks57
II.The politics of culture
9/11 L.A. Bookstore67
Dade County, November 200081
Mr. Mxyzptlk's Opus93
The Winning Side101
III.The politics of fear
The K Chronicles110
Should I Be Scared?111
The Patriot Actor119
The Great Rushdie125
Duct Soup129
IV.The politics of desire
End-of-the-World Sex135
All in a Day's Work143
The One You Meet Everywhere149
Eight Hundred Pages159
V.The politics of destruction
I Believe I'm in Love with the Government169
Memo to Our Journalists173
The Shield177
The Vampires of Draconian Hill185
I am a CBU-87/B Combined Effects Munition (CEM)199
VI.The politics of war
Lamentation over the Destruction of Ur207
Freedom Oil225
The Smell of Despair237
The Designated Marksman249

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