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Showing posts with label Svoboda. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Svoboda. Show all posts

17 March, 2015

Terese Svoboda, "Dutch Joe"

The story takes place in 1890s Nebraska and is told in first-person POV, both singular and plural and in present tense. Dutch Joe is a water dowser. It's a mostly realistic story without much overt religiosity. I suppose you could read some into it if you wanted.

"Dutch Joe" is in the current issue, No. 8, of The Common.

Terese Svoboda's web page
link to full text of the story at The Common
However, I suggest purchasing a hard copy of it as it is beautiful and has a nice feel in the hand.

07 February, 2010

Dani Shapiro, "A Writing Career Becomes Harder to Scale" and Terese Svoboda, "Bomb Jockey"

Read an interesting essay by Dani Shapiro, "A Writing Career Becomes Harder to Scale." No surprises, but validation. I am always surprised when artists or writers expect that they'll spew something out that the world is eagerly awaiting. I only try because I have to; I don't know how else to be. I have to make something.

Read Terese Svoboda's short story, "Bomb Jockey," which is Volume 8, Number 11 issue of One Story. Margaret angers her father who is running for re-election and locating a bomb plant in the small town where Hump lives, during WWII. Margaret, who is rarely called by name, gives a pro-pacifist speech at her beauty contest. Hump, Otto, Matthews, and Fred do not enlist but bury dud bombs at home in South Dakota.