DRAGGING WHIPS

A woman is sitting at her desk working on the computer. Her eyes are swollen with sickness and her face is dry with exhaustion. She has a particular kind of smile across her face—a smile that is automatic, or rather, forced by some outside authority. It’s been 12 hours since her shift began, and her …

A FULFILLED ABSURDITY

The most absurd pursuit one may engage in this life is to search for a deeper meaning in the face of an irrational universe. The absurdity of this ontological pursuit is a social construct founded in the realm of practical tangibility. The social parameters of understanding the deep, wide, and interminable ocean of life are …

STARVED

I think I have a purpose. But my life has been a spiraling downfall of nothingness, mixed with occasional peaks of mere interest. It’s been so long since I’ve been captivated, surprised, or romanced by my world. I’m surrounded by darkness. A couple of times during the day, however, I’m filled with a certain light. …

WALKING HOME

A middle-aged man, Blanc, walked home from work on a cold evening. His messenger bag hung around his shoulder, containing his laptop, documents, and books. He wore a modest white collar shirt with a skinny black tie. Blanc worked as a journalist for a local newspaper. He was married to a woman, Blanca, and had …

FISH, FAT, AND FURY

A middle-aged man, Haben, walks to his hut in the scorching heat of the midday sun. Today is Sunday, which means everyone in the village must go to the local reservoir of fats and dump whatever excess they may have accumulated throughout the week. Haben is returning from his weekly dumping—as he settles in his …