Thursday, May 10, 2012

On "Flight" by Katherine D. Stutzman (2629 words) ***

Imagine if the Weekly World News' Bat Boy were real (oh, but he is, some probably are saying). Or imagine that instead of the Garcia Marquez's man with enormous wings landing in a town that cared little for him, that man grew up in the town. These are essentially the premises of Stutzman's story. A young girl grows wings. The town reacts. What, one may ask, is that reaction? Being different--so different--means that the girl is lonely, and this is what the story becomes, a mediation on that loneliness, on that desire to find someone who can appreciate her and the consequences when no one does. You can find it here at the Summerset Review.

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