Seventeen Months Old, Going to Work
Bridges by Ahimaz Rajessh
Bicentennial by Peter Grimes
Tie Her Around Your Neck by Sarah Beaudette
Unsurprised on 11/9/16 by Maria Pinto
Tuesdays at the Table by Brendan Zietsch
The Chinese Box by Noa Sivan
Mr. and Mrs. Krummholz by Derick Dupre
The Night We Drove Old Terry Down by Nick Black
Trionfo di Pesce by Catherine McNamara
Old Hat by Laura Solomon
Most of the stories we published this month, all of which were excellent, dealt in some way with connections or disconnections. We didn’t set out to have a theme, and we didn’t intentionally choose stories that explored it, so it occurs to us that we just really like stories about people connecting and people not connecting! And we especially like stories that manage both at the same time.
Ahimaz Rajessh’s bridges between the US and Tamil Nadu, Peter Grime’s connection between now and 200 hundred years ago, Sarah Beaudette’s mother-daughter push-pull relationship, Maria Pinto’s graceful, devastating take on a day that shocked many last year, Brendan Zietsch’s oh-so-cleverly observed eye on a young couple who’ve lost that first romantic spark, Derick Dupre’s lovely old couple at the heart of a story full of violence, torture and cat strangling, Nick Black’s mountain retreat employees – stuffing posters and postcards and calendars into too-small bags for the tourists they hated, Catherine McNamara’s reachingly wonderful story about a pair who marry late in life, or Laura Solomon’s old hat. All of these stories take a different look at the ways we connect or not, and they’re all super. And most of them turn an eye to the future. The outlook isn’t always bright, but as long as we keep reading stories as good as this, then maybe everything’s going to work right in the end. A great line up this month, links up above, check it out!
In Palau, in the Pacific Ocean, there’s an island called Eil Malk, with a lake called Jellyfish Lake. It’s home to millions of trapped golden jellyfish. They’ve been there approximately twelve-thousand years, after the water level in the sea around the island rose enough to fill the basin in the middle of the island and create the lake. The golden jellyfish inside the lake have evolved significantly, and are now very different animals to the golden jellyfish in the sea that surrounds them. Every day they migrate from one side of the lake to the other. Scientists say this is to avoid the anemones which prey on them and to absorb enough sunlight for the symbiotic algae which lives inside them to photosynthesize. But I like to think they’re looking for a way out, a route to escape back to the sea, so they can connect once more with their friends from twelve thousand years before.