“‘There was this time when I was a boy. A helicopter crashed on the old farm. Squashed down onto the ground and burst into flames.’  The truck driver presses his hands into the yielding flesh of his stomach and then lifts them. Spreads his fingers in the air. Returns his hands to his belly. Looks at them there. ‘Afterwards there were these black bodies, out in the paddock, in the long grass. Not that the cows cared.'”

From “Three Sisters” by Maria Takolander, recommended by Stonecutter.
Read it in Electric Literature’s weekly magazine, Recommended Reading.

One Response

  1. Bronwyn Mehan

    Hi, i run a small press in Australia and our latest publication, Cracking the Spine, features an essay by Maria Tokalander on the writing of ‘Three Sisters’. I wonder if you could let Electric Lit followers know about this – here’s the link http://shortaustralianstories.com.au/products-page/books-on-writing-spineless_wonders_-paperbacks/cracking-the-spine/
    I’d be happy to offer a few ebook copies to your readers, or a special discount code to EL, if you think that would be a good idea. cheers, Bronwyn


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