Fiction: "The Arts of Extinction" by Anne E. Campisi

From the Hayden's Ferry Review

Aug. 5, 2010
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I've been reading my issues of the Missouri Review and One Story and loving every single issue, but that isn't why I've been so busy. You see, I think August is going to be one of those months where I'm going to get something published. Inundation. War by Attrition. Not only that, I just received my MFA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, so that was taking up a lot of my time, too.

But I'm back! And one of the magazines I'm going to submit to soon is Hayden's Ferry Review. I've got a couple copies of the literary journal sitting next to me and I've been going through a few stories and poems here and there on their Web site, too. Here's one I was especially impressed with:

From "The Arts of Extinction," by Anne E. Campisi:


≠No, donít apologize. Research is tedious. I understand this. Come in. I apologize for confiscating your camera and recording device. Jeremy will return them to you before you leave. I met your editor once, in a libel suit; he isnít the sort who will mind the lack of evidence. Pardon the implication, truly. I have every intention of showing you what you came here to see and more. I know youíre eager to make a name for yourself. Big splash! Good, good. He says youíre his rising star. Got the hunger. Weíll make you famous yet, one way or another. For my part, I belong to a dying breed: empirical science, honest evidence. Today, enoughóI resign the pursuit. Today, approaching my eighty-fourth birthday, I would like to start a rumor.

Click here to read the full story.

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Ken Brosky

P.S. Here's some info on the cover art: New Books of Knowledge (detail) 2009 by Brian Dettmer
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