Spectators: Flash Fictions

Spectators: Flash Fictions By RobDavidson, Spectators Flash Fictions Spectators grapples with the Western identity vis vis the idea of the spectacle Many of the flash fictions are ekphrastic i e written in response to the visual art photography of Tom Patton Stephani
  • Title: Spectators: Flash Fictions
  • Author: RobDavidson
  • ISBN: 9781944355319
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Spectators: Flash Fictions By RobDavidson, Spectators grapples with the Western identity vis vis the idea of the spectacle Many of the flash fictions are ekphrastic i.e written in response to the visual art photography of Tom Patton, Stephani Schaefer, and Sara Umemoto.Davidson s short fictions range from the narrative to the lyric, presented in artful language that is both well crafted and playful SeverSpectators grapples with the Western identity vis vis the idea of the spectacle Many of the flash fictions are ekphrastic i.e written in response to the visual art photography of Tom Patton, Stephani Schaefer, and Sara Umemoto.Davidson s short fictions range from the narrative to the lyric, presented in artful language that is both well crafted and playful Several themes recur as Davidson ponders the ideas of the spectacle, the spectator, and tourism Many of the fictions critique or question the idea of the spectacle, and so Davidson writes against the clich s and hollow sentiments of tourism, or the romanticization of nature Davidson inhabits the mind of his characters, ranging from sketches of anguished private lives, to daydreams and fantasies, to humor, and a touch of absurdism Several pieces ponder narrative itself, as well as storytelling and metafiction, inviting the reader into a third space of suggestion, innuendo, and experiment.
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    About "RobDavidson"

    1. RobDavidson

      I am the author of three published books of short stories Upon its publication, Spectators Flash Fictions 2017 was nominated by Five Oaks Press for both the Story Prize and the Pulitzer Prize in fiction The Farther Shore Bear Star, 2012 was nominated for the Story Prize and includes Criminals, winner of the Camber Press fiction award, judged by Ron Carlson Field Observations Missouri, 2001 won the Maria Thomas Fiction Award and includes Inventory, winner of an AWP Intro Journals Project Award.I m also the author of a monograph, The Master and the Dean The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells Missouri, 2005.My fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Hayden s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, The Normal School, New Delta Review, and elsewhere I was the recipient of a 2015 2016 Fulbright U.S Senior Scholar award to lecture on creative writing and American literature in Taiwan I teach creative writing and American literature at California State University, Chico.

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    1. Women Going Opposite Ways, Searching for Monuments, and Virginia Steps Into Her Stream are some of my favorites in this collection of flash fiction While each of the stories probes our 21st century social media zeitgeist of appearances as truths and likes as value judgments, the best of them skewer such distorted perceptions As Davidson describes Virginia Woolf wading into the stream, the narrator sums up the problematic nature of our current value system the important thing, always, is to look [...]


    2. This is a slender volume of only 56 pages, but, unlike a novel of similar length, it should not be a quick read These essays deserve re reading and study Ultimately this book is about the compulsion to write or engage in other artistic endeavor, the need to give meaning to life by expressing oneself For that which one cannot help but do becomes that which one must do from Clean Pilgrim, p 7 Author Rob Davidson teaches creative writing Spectators teaches writing and creative arts by example Aspir [...]


    3. This excellent collection of flash fictions is poetic and layered I found it necessary to read each piece several times in order to enjoy all that it offered Three of my favorites Today s Lesson, Roadside Marker, and Author s Note One favorite quote The idealized future is every ounce the lie that is the idealized past, but with one difference there is that tender slice of possibility, the promise of what if, the knowledge that, with the next turn, the next blank page, the next girl you meet, yo [...]


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