Monday, September 10, 2012

Reader's Diary #865: Kayden Kross: Plank

Last week Loni, over at The Eye of Loni's Storm, reviewed Forty Stories, a new— and free— collection of short fiction compiled by Cal Morgan for Harper Perennial. Running briefly through Loni's thoughts on each story, it was "Plank" by Kayden Kross that interested me the most, despite of and because of Loni's reservations that it was written in the 2nd person perspective. (I happen to love 2nd person perspective. I'm thinking of compiling my own anthology of just such stories.)

Though the entire collection was available online as a free pdf and as a free ebook, I was really only interested in Kross's story so decided first to see if I could find a copy of just that somewhere. But Googling Kayden Kross is... revealing, shall we say. Hint: she's also a porn star. I did not know that. I did however find the "Plank" story in question, and if you're interested in reading it, it's porn-free. If you're still interested in reading it, there's a couple other things you should know.

Though Loni mentioned the 2nd person thing, she failed to mention that it's also told in a stream of consciousness style. (In Loni's defense, so as not to be overwhelmed with 40 long reviews, she tried her hand at Twitter-length reviews and could only reveal so much). Combined, this is easily considered a very experimental piece and may not be for everyone. I've always admired the purpose behind "stream of consciousness" but I've never been able to get into it. I mean, rarely are our thoughts laid out in perfect complete sentences with paragraphs that flow gracefully into one another. Stream of consciousness arguably better captures our thought processes. But then, I guess we have to ask whether or not we want a dictation or a translation. I better understand the translation.

So, I wasn't overly thrilled with that aspect. But  there's some beautifully crafted ideas and imagery in the story as well. At its simplest, "Plank" is about someone literally waking up in a tent. At its deepest, it's about someone figuratively waking up in a tent.

If you can get past (or better yet, appreciate) the style, it might be worth your time.

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Loni said...

I was so busy last week, I didn't even see this post (let alone read a story). I can deal with stream of consciousness style, though I might not actively choose it.

I think it's...umm... interesting (?) that Kross is also a porn star. She's... multi-talented (?)

Vincent Harris said...

I like the story. What brought me here was a recent commercial that featured KK and it piqued my interest. I looked her up and I was pleasantly pleased by what I read about her. She's not a bubble headed bimbo. She has a good head on her shoulders and a sensitivity for writing. I wish her well.