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Marcus Speh: Flash Fiction Encourages Reckless, Rickety Reading (and that’s okay)

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It is well known that the short story was invented by the Man in the Moon for two important reasons worth reminding ourselves of no matter where we live or what we’re made of: the first is that the Man in the Moon always found it difficult to finish a novel because of the instability of the moon’s light conditions. Imagine having to read with a flickering candle light—no fun. The other one has to do with love. The Man in the Moon loves Luna, the Woman in the Moon, the mother of menstruation: he found that reading a novel takes him for too long too far away from her. The multitude of characters, the often complicated plot, the superimposed structure of the classical, readable novel make it hard to simply dive in and climb out of it. The short story, on the other hand, especially in the form of its younger cousin, the flash story, is more often wild and won’t mind reckless, rickety reading. The short story is pure and easy, short and succulent. But perhaps you find this hard to believe even though your own mother and father told you about the Man and the Woman in the Moon, the projection of humanity on the round, scarred, friendly face of Earth’s eternal companion. Perhaps you have a much better, more rational, modern explanation for the existence of the short story. As things stand between us, I like my own version, not in the least because it’s short.

 

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About Marcus Speh

Marcus Speh lives in Berlin, Germany. He blogs at Nothing To Flawnt, curates One Thousand Shipwrecked Penguins and serves as maitre d’ at the Kaffe in Katmandu.

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  1. Gill Hoffs
    May 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    A fantastical fairytale in itself. I’ll look upwards with this in my head tonight, and smile. Beautiful as ever, Marcus.

  2. Sam Rasnake
    May 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    “often wild and won’t mind reckless, rickety reading” – Outstanding. Good piece, Marcus.

  3. susan gibb
    May 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Absolutely delightful and told in his usual unusually credible voice so that I, for one, believe him.

  4. Chris
    May 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    “the Man in the Moon always found it difficult to finish a novel because of the instability of the moon’s light conditions. ”
    Great as always, Marcus!

  5. Luisa
    May 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    The Man in the Moon only reads short stories when the Woman in the Moon is away on business. Since he will have to miss her anyway…
    This time the Woman in the Moon is away on a long-ish business project.
    The Man on the Moon takes to reading novellas.
    The Woman in the Moon takes to writing novellas.

  6. Matthew
    May 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    Enjoyed, Marcus.

  7. Nomadic Samuel
    May 14, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    I very much enjoyed this Marcus 🙂