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March 25th 2017: "The Whole Truth" by Colin Farstad

19 March 2017 - 04:28 PM

Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on March 25, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), March 26th, one hour earlier than normal for those not yet on daylight savings time] 

for a discussion of The Whole Truth by Colin Farstad.  This story was originally published by the now inactive on-line literary magazine "Split Infinitive" but is still available on the remnants of that magazines web site.

 

This story is quite different than our last discussion.  As opposed to a somewhat disjointed tale of miscreant young men whose sole desire is to grow up and become real gangsters, it tells the poignant story of a young man still deeply in love with his estranged wife.  I am sure you will find the story interesting, and I am certain we will have fun discussing it.  

 

The story is available at:  http://www.spiltinfi...h/#.WM75hzsrImK (please note:  the story is apparently stored on a Google historical web page.  Another sysop and I have tested the website with chrome and firefox and it works...but we can't comment on whether Edge or an older computer using IE can locate it.)

 

The author has lived in both Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn, New York, suggesting that this story might be (at least in part) autobiographical.  On his website1 he posted the following comment: "I made an editor cry. I didn't mean to make her cry, but it wasn't the first time my essay The Whole Truth has done that. I cried myself while I was writing it, after I finished writing it and again when I laid on a motel bed in a campsite near Crater Lake, curled up in a ball, my body shaking with the kind of crying you see happen to seven year olds. I had spent the day sitting by the lake, the pages printed out, pen in hand, reading and editing the darkness on the page while happy families swam in the lake and the misquotes buzzed my ears. It wasn't until I thought it was finished, after I made the edits in my computer and read it out loud, my voice filling the empty room late in the night, long after all the families and tourists had gone to bed, that I cried like a seven year old." 

 

Our meeting place remains:

 

Webchat:  http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner  

 

mIRC Users:  /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner

 

I hope to see you all for the chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.

 

1:  http://colinfarstad.com/


March 18, 2017: Shi.t for Brains by Frankie Neptune

12 March 2017 - 08:26 PM

Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on March 18, 2017 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), March 19th], for a discussion of Sh1t for Brains by Frankie Neptune.  This story is an offering of Short-story.me, a web site devoted to publishing short stories by aspiring writers.  The site has some interesting material but is thin on "professional quality" works.  Some of the stories are good enough to be published and many would be were they submitted to the loving hands and sharpened scalpel of a decent editor.  This particular work fits into Short-story.me's arbitrary categorization as "mystery" story;  but it might more comfortably fit into the site's list of "crime stories" which focus more on the actual crimes as opposed to the solving of them.

 

The story should provide fertilizer for development of our discussion (pun intended).  I am certain that  we will enjoy our critique of the plot and mechanics as much as the inevitable digressions into the cooperation (or lack thereof) among the various law enforcement and law violating elements of society.

 

The story is available on line at:  http://short-story.m...for-brains.html

Webchat:  http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner  

 

mIRC Users:  /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner

 

I hope to see you all for the chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.  Please note:  The title of our next story offends the sensibilities of the forum dirty word filter, therefore the work arounds.

 

Nb:   Those in countries not yet switched to Daylight Savings Time will need to arrive an hour earlier than last week. 


March 11, 2017: "Amos Abrams Dreams of VR Tenure" by Daniel Torday

06 March 2017 - 05:07 PM

Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on March 11, 2017 [01:30 A.M. (GMT), March 12th], for a discussion of Amos Abrams Dreams of VR Tenure by Daniel Torday.  This story is an offering of the Cnet.com web site most familiar to most of us as a good place to download open source and shareware applications and programs,  The story is a recent addition to Cnet's "technically literate" page that Cnet's editors hope can bridge the gap between the computer literate and those who are capable of understanding and appreciating the printed word.  This is the third story from that site which we have considered, and I am confident that it will provide the same interesting and enjoyable grist for our chat millstones to grind upon as its two predecessors.

 

According to the very brief biography of Daniel Tord offered:  "Daniel Torday is the author of the novel "The Last Flight of Poxl West," winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award for fiction. Recent work has appeared in Tin House, the Paris Review Daily, and The New York Times Book Review. He teaches at Bryn Mawr."  

 

Like the other Cnet stories we have discussed, the on line version is illustrated with some imaginative graphics.  They are cleverly tied to the story and I think you will enjoy them as well.

 

The story is available on line at:  https://www.cnet.com...s-of-vr-tenure/

 

Webchat:  http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner  

 

mIRC Users:  /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner

 

I hope to see you all for the chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.

 

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March 4th, 2017: "Love Story for Marie, All High at Palomino's" by William...

27 February 2017 - 12:42 AM

Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on March 4th, 2017 [01:30 A.M. (GMT), March 5th], for a discussion of Love Story for Marie, All High at Palomino's, by William Russell Wallace.  This story was published in the Spring 2016 edition of Carve Magazine and is available on-line at the Carve website.  

 

The selection is a nostalgic look at a once and current love affair based on sex, drugs, and rock and roll, well--substitute pocket billiards for the rock and roll.  It's an interesting change of pace for us, and I think we will have fun discussing it.

 

The story is available on line at:  https://www.carvezin...-spring-wallace

 

The chat will be in our normal Readers' Corner chat room:

 

Webchat:  http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner

 

mIRC Users:  /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner

 

I hope to see you all there.  And don't forget to bring a friend.

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February 25th 2017: "Sherry at the Knights of Columbus" by Steve Young

18 February 2017 - 10:59 PM

Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on February 25th 2017 [01:30 A.M. (GMT), February 26th], for a discussion of the story Sherry at the Knights of Columbus by Steve Young.  The tale is a humorous one, telling of the challenges and success of a talented young lady aspiring to be a professional musician. Her alternative future, a year at 'business' school and a job in a typing pool, seems a probability. .

 

This story is a contemporary one.  It originally appeared in the January 27, 2017 edition of the Saturday evening post.  I`s a pleasant read; i turswt all of you will enjoy it.  

 

The story is available on-line at:   http://www.saturdaye...s-columbus.html

 

Webchat address:  http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner  

 

mIRC Users:  /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner

 

I hope to see you all for our chat.  I think we will have a lot of fun discussing the story.  Don't forget to bring a friend.

 

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