LYING and MAKING a LIVING – Fiction with Footnotes picks up where SHORT MEAN FICTION – Words and Pictures leaves off with more of the irreverent, hard-hitting, exhilarating, ironic and emblematic prose writing we’ve come to expect from the writer/painter William Dunlap.
His stories, some as short as a single page, leave the reader gasping for breath and wanting more. Whereas SHORT MEAN FICTION promised words and pictures, LYING and MAKING a LIVING delivers fiction with footnotes in all their subtle explanation and incongruity.
Language is something of a birthright for this Southerner whose characters we know by what they do.
Here’s an excerpt from one story:
WRITING FOR THE MARKET
As crimes go it didn’t start out as much, but my, oh my, how it grew. The indictment now included money laundering, extortion, conspiracy to sell sex and influence for pleasure (mostly) and drugs (both legal and illegal) for profit, and blasphemy. Along with rock ‘n’ roll played much too loud and thus disturbing the peace. There were high and low speed chases, rape, pillage, arms dealing and yes, even murder, but that was way in the future, at least a week or so.
Bobby Tee and Magdalena were a normal couple. She married down, and everyone knew it. He married up, and no one would let him forget it. That is, until she was found half choked to death…
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