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    January 22, 2007


    Eric Melbye

    Thanks for noticing Novack's piece, Dan, and for your observations.

    I decided to publish Novack's piece for some of the things you noticed, too--this deft combining of the real and the fantastic in both the minute details and in the overall effect of the piece. It strikes me as Alice-in-Wonderland-esque: blurring lines between real/unreal, humor/horror, logic/madness, to create an event and a world that is both and neither. I also like how the "happily ever" ending plays on "happily after ever," providing fairy tale-like closure while opening outward at the same time. One of those works I read and wish I had written myself.

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