Monday, August 3, 2009
“Sea Change” and “Blood” by Paul Silverman
Two shorts, two hypochondriacs; one story by the sea, and the other references a landfill. Silverman has a knack for pulling together character and vivid setting. In “Sea Change,” the writer weaves a wonderful tale of Buddhist monks, the inevitable power of the sea, and a woman who must endure her husband’s hypochondria. In “Blood,” it’s funny to see how this hypochondriac cannot accept a generous gift of a hot shave, and gives it to the landfill watchman whose fur face returns by midnight. Two power packed stories are delivered with rhythm, imagery, and conflict all less than 1,400 words. A definite bang for your reader buck at Eclectica here.