Monday, March 21, 2016

Reader's Diary #1281- Stuart Ross: The United States has Gone Crazy

Stuart Ross's "The United States has Gone Crazy" opens with a description of a blender and how it transforms two different liquids into something completely different. Given the title I thought at first that it was a metaphor for US immigration philosophy (a similar take on the more common "melting pot" idea). Turns out, I no longer think that was Ross's intent. Maybe it's something about different world cultures being united against a common enemy?

What his intent was, I'm clearly still unclear, and it's got me in a bit of a conundrum. There's a lot of quirk in this story (it's a dystopian world where other countries have to put up metal domes to protect themselves from raining US explosives but it's more the telling that makes it quirky), and typically I'm okay with quirk as long as it's in short form like this. I grow too impatient with it in novels.

However, Ross has also added an intriguing character simply called "The Stranger" that seems to be from a different time, and I find myself wanting to know more, wishing the story was longer, perhaps even novel sized.

In the end, I cannot decide if leaving me wanting more is a good or bad thing.

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