Monday, July 9, 2012

The Prettiest Pieces

Glint Literary Magazine just published my story, The Prettiest Pieces, in their Spring 2012 issue. Props to Brenda Hammack for giving the story a home!

I've been carrying that piece around for awhile. With the advent of the Internets, where kids can have access to every type of deviant image their little hearts could ever be taught to desire, it's almost quaint to talk about dirty magazines stowed under bed frames. But I had a friend (not me, for real) whose mother caught him with some porn and she reacted in an unexpected way.

It's hard to nail down what any story is "about," but I'm most interested in the changes mothers and sons go through once a boy becomes a young man and that messy stew of race, sex, and gender identity starts to coalesce. I also liked it because I got the 80s pop culture hat trick of Lisa Bonet, ThunderCats, and Coming to America in one story. Awesome!

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