Short stories about war, love, Carl Sagan's battle with NASA over their Golden Record, drug addiction, rehab and soup
This is a book full of satire, humour and Jokes about dark subjects. But it is... More > not gratuitous.There are some simple tales that teach us lessons; there are some hilarious tales. There are great stories of wartime love being, separated, then rekindled. There are stories about a man on a lake in 1958 who cannot seem to get out of his situation. A baker who moves into a Jewish house who hears rumours of hidden treasure left by the evacuating family. A love story set in the Spanish civil war.NASAs battles with the "bongo playing hippy" Carl Sagan over what to put on the Golden Record, a disc to be launched into space to represent us as a species to aliens. Inpatients at a rehab amuse themselves by bowling with a cabbage, which explodes like a green firework.
This book is funny, satirical, sorrowful, but never maudlin or sentimental. There are great jokes and interesting characters throughout.T< Less
Tom Watts lives and works in south-east London. His poetry has been published in Equilibrium Magazine, Remark, Plus-Que-Parfait, Streetcake Magazine, zimZalla, and a chapbook is forthcoming on The... More > Arthur Shilling Press. Away from poetry, he writes reviews for Rabbit Hole Urban Music, and his short story 'Wasps' was long-listed for the 2010 Fish Short Story Prize. He is currently grappling man to man with his first novel. So far the novel is winning.
He is fascinated by the accidental glimpse of the internet that broken coding provides. When, like the bones of a busted umbrella, the facade of the internet is ripped away and it’s scaffolding revealed, it always has the appearance of a chaotic randomness. It is in fact the opposite as every letter, symbol, and mark must be in exactly the right place for the code to work. This is demonstrated beautifully by the probably simple error of composition that has caused the site or blog to malfunction and blurt out the ugly piece of code. < t h e e n d / a >< Less