Monday, December 01, 2014

Reader's Diary #1094- Brynn MacNab: Black Friday

I enjoy when speculative fiction makes you wonder if it needed to be speculative at all, when you wonder if it's just an allegory for something that's actually plausible. Brynn MacNab's "Black Friday" begins, "My Uncle Joe spent five years in one of those 're-acculturation' centers. He was one of the lucky ones — locked up, not put down" and my first thought re-acculturation was another word for rehabilitation, and I thought this was some sort of treatment center for criminals. It's not. I won't say what the supernatural twist is, as I don't want to spoil too much, but I will say that my next suspicion that Uncle Joe is a zombie doesn't pan out.

It's fun anyway, but also thought provoking because I keep going over it again wondering if it could still be an allegory for a rehabilitated man turning home. 

Oh, and it has nothing to do with that stupid new shopping "celebration" last Friday.

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