Mar 28, 2011

See the Cat? See the Cradle?

Works inspired by a communal reading of Kurt Vonnegut's anthropology thesis.



"Now I will destroy the whole world"

By Ranjini Bose



My Favorite End-of-the-World Scenario


By Devin Conathan

From Chapter 116, “The Grand Ah-woom”
   The moist green earth was a blue-white pearl.
   The sky darkened. Borasisi, the sun, became a sickly yel- 
low ball, tiny and cruel.
    The sky was filled with worms. The worms were torna- 
does.

    I still remember that moment. When those words first 
came across my eyes.
    My first Vonnegut book. The end of the world.
    CRACK
and silence. 
and I was there too: staring out over the frozen sea, 
The manmade Ice Age around us, the darkened sky. 
Then the tornadoes appeared, 
That’s when I knew it was real.

    I had to stop reading and 

breathe

    How did we get here? 
    Laziness, stupidity, short-sightedness. And genius. 
    The men didn’t want to walk through the mud. 
    I laughed. 
    But nuclear energy was harnessed because
The men didn’t want to fight. 
    Laziness, stupidity, short-sightedness. And genius. 
    And I became uneasy. 
    That’s when I knew it was real.

And the fish in the pond didn't say a word.

By G. Murray



re search

By Amber Jade Alexander



in the time between searching and
re
searching
lost took new meaning

discovery ceased to exist.

...Or if the sun comes out, maybe I'll go for a walk through one of the gorges...

By Jillian Piccirilli



Never Index Your Own Book.

By Mary Thomas



Karass

By G. Murray



The 53rd Calypso

By Jillian Piccirlli

Vin-Dit

By Maggie Weiss




Chapter 31:


"It's a small world," I observed.


"When you put it in a cemetery, it is."

Contributors

Ranjini Bose is a shy alchemist.
Devin Conathan drums. Often.
G. Murray is a lapsed linguist and Rust Belt Native who spends her free time observing the participatory universe. Mary Thomas is a collector of places.
Maggie Weiss takes photos and studies languages through books and films when not working with online journals in a university library.

Amber J. Alexander writes.  Occasionally.
Jillian Piccirilli is an artist whose work transverses a number of different mediums with a common interest in narrative, history, and expanding one's sense of the real.