Monday, September 12, 2016

Reader's Diary #1377- E.M. Clinton: Untechnological Employment

To be honest, the only reason I chose to highlight this story this week is because I found it mildly amusing how easily stumbled upon it could be for someone looking for dirt on Hillary Clinton's emails. (That's not how I came upon it!) With the author's last name, the epistolary format of the flash fiction story told as telegrams which look like texts or short emails, the references to the White House and confidential communication, it all makes for a pretty funny coincidence.

However, E.M. Clinton's "Untechnological Employment" itself is actually about a delayed space launch due to weather. The details beyond that were a tad confusing, owing in part to the aforementioned telegram format. After a couple of reads, I believe what happens involves a Native American tribe being asked, much to the chagrin of those at the space agency, to perform a sun dance.

Points for attempting a unique format for flash fiction, even if the execution left something to be desired.

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