Fiction: "Polite Notes of the Dinnertime Neighborly Etiquette Apocalypse" by David Atkinson

Published in Brave Blue Mice

Aug. 19, 2011
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Here's another publication by a fellow alum of mine, David Atkinson. I don't normally brag, but I'd just like to point out that the University of Nebraska-Omaha's MFA program grads are doing really well for themselves. This particular work is a little weird, a little "experimental," if you will. But you know what? I think we've reached a point in the literary canon where it's totally acceptable to deviate from the standard story structure.

From David's "Polite Notes of the Dinnertime Neighborly Etiquette Apocalypse":

To: The Steak to the left on Roger Ebert's dinner plate

From: The Baked Potato on the aforementioned dinner plate

Dear Steak:

This note is just to let you know that your juices are running over into my area of the plate. My personal space, if you will. I'm sure this is something that you simply have not noticed as of yet. As such, I wanted to bring your attention to this problem.

Lord knows, I do not want to be one of "those neighbors." You know, those busybodies that complain about every little thing. I try my best to be and let be. We all have our different habits that someone is sure to not be fond of. If we cannot be at least a little tolerant then we will never be able to have a harmonious community.

However, I cannot ignore the flood on my portion of the plate. I tried to, I assure you I did, but finally I felt something had to be done, even at the risk of being one of "those neighbors."

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Brave Blue Mice, by the way, is a pretty neat little site. Why not check it out?


Ken Brosky


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