Monday, February 25, 2013

Reader's Diary #955- Madeline Sonik: No Kind of Man

In the bio at the end of her story "No Kind of Man," Madeline Sonik is said to write fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Once you have read through "No Kind of Man" the poetry bit will probably not come as that much of a shock.

"No Kind of Man" is weird. That sounds harsh and judgmental... if you don't know me. I happen to think weird can be a good thing. I'm not a fan of weird for the sake of weird, but weird can serve a creative purpose. I'm fickle on the weird.

The weird in "No Kind of Man" is poetic in a rich surrealistic imagery sort of way— it would make a great comic or cartoon actually. But the possibility is left open so that it might be a head injury, and I like those escape holes. Also, it's not just random weirdness; there's also a quickly unfolding plot and so many revelations about the characters that I couldn't help but keep reading. Like a highly detailed painting that doesn't make sense until you stare at it for a while.

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Loni said...

I like weird that serves a creative purpose. I think I'll have to read No Kind of Man.

My short story this week:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well now you have me curious. Well placed weird can be wonderful.