The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood has all the peculiarity of fuchsia lipstick, asexual teeth, PR teams, hidden cameras, teddy bear fetishes, Elvises at a retirement home, organic (although spoiled) chickens, special-order Possibilibots (sex robots), smarmy CEOs and just a few other warped obsessions. Stan and Charmaine are a couple living in their van during a social and economic catastrophe. Stan is out of work and Charmaine bartends at the seedy PixelDust with her two energetic hooker co-workers. Day-to-day life is rough scavenging food in dumpsters and evading car thieves. The police…continue reading →
From the shores of Two Medicine Lake

From the shores of Two Medicine Lake

There is a small woman, she is Japanese, wearing a bright pink and orange tunic and a wide-brimmed white sunhat. She is giving orders to her husband and motioning toward the camera in his hands. He takes a shot. She turns to look at the lake in a stiff pose and says something. He takes another shot. She turns sideways and half-smiles. Snap. Forward pose. Snap. Snap. Same pose. Snap. She laughs. Snap. There is a little girl with long, stringy brown hair wearing a faded red swimsuit. She is further down the…continue reading →