Fiction: "The Arts of Extinction" by Anne E. Campisi
From the Hayden's Ferry Review
I've been reading my issues of the Missouri Review and One Story and loving every single issue, but that isn't why I've been so busy. You see, I think August is going to be one of those months where I'm going to get something published. Inundation. War by Attrition. Not only that, I just received my MFA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, so that was taking up a lot of my time, too.
But I'm back! And one of the magazines I'm going to submit to soon is Hayden's Ferry Review. I've got a couple copies of the literary journal sitting next to me and I've been going through a few stories and poems here and there on their Web site, too. Here's one I was especially impressed with:
From "The Arts of Extinction," by Anne E. Campisi:
≠No, donít apologize. Research is tedious. I understand this. Come in. I apologize for confiscating your camera and recording device. Jeremy will return them to you before you leave. I met your editor once, in a libel suit; he isnít the sort who will mind the lack of evidence. Pardon the implication, truly. I have every intention of showing you what you came here to see and more. I know youíre eager to make a name for yourself. Big splash! Good, good. He says youíre his rising star. Got the hunger. Weíll make you famous yet, one way or another. For my part, I belong to a dying breed: empirical science, honest evidence. Today, enoughóI resign the pursuit. Today, approaching my eighty-fourth birthday, I would like to start a rumor.≠
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P.S. Here's some info on the cover art: New Books of Knowledge (detail) 2009 by Brian Dettmer
Altered Set of Vintage Encyclopedias