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Storytellers

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NEW LITERARY TALENTS PART I

Today we start an ambitious series examining a new wave of talented writers. Our plan is to combine literary criticism, reviews, and new fiction for a multi-faceted look at American literature NOW; utilizing as many aspects of the New Pop Lit website as possible.

First up: The opening installment of a far-reaching overview, “Hyper-Talents of the New Literary Age.”

AT THE SAME TIME we present for readers a new short story, “Yacht Party,” from Scott Cannon, one of two narrative writers profiled in our essay, along with Tom Ray.

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Does Scott’s story support the words expressed in the essay? You decide!

The scene froze at its climax; a spotlight haloed the head of the actor playing Lucas on the screen, then swept to the back of the room to light up the incandescent entrance of The Man himself, flanked by two beautiful women and followed by a small cadre of security. The thunder of the ovation in the packed ballroom as he ascended to the podium still rang in Lucas’ ears.

 

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Benjamin Franklin and the Witch of Endor

Pop Lit Fiction

The wild election season is heating up.

To celebrate the madness, we’re running a new short story by Washington D.C. Beltway expert Tom Ray– giving us an entertaining inside look at the struggles staff handlers and party officials go through trying to manage what are increasingly unmanageable politicians. Any familiarity to real life? Naw!

Read Tom Ray’s “Benjamin Franklin and the Witch of Endor” now!

The word was out that Hathaway was still a buffoon, so there weren’t a lot of applicants for the position. Despite Patricia Hathaway’s seeming hostility toward me, I was hired.

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(Also keep up on our new Fun Pop Poetry feature.)

Estonian Army Corporal (CPL) Roman Metsatalu, assigned to the Scouts Battalion, Estonian Defense Forces, Estonian Peacekeeping Center, holds his position armed with a Vektor R6 5.56mm compact assault rifle while awaiting orders to move out on a foot patrol in Western Baghdad, Iraq. Estonian Army Soldiers are working with US Army (USA) Soldiers from 10th Mountain Division, as part of the Multi-National Corps to secure a 15-kilometer section of road in Western Baghdad, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Service

Pop Lit Fiction

Stories! We’re all about stories!

In this instance we have a story which includes stories: “Service” by Tom Ray. Most of us still communicate– for better or worse!– via stories.

Note: the title of the story may have a double (or even triple) meaning. Can you name them?

Let us know what you think about it!

“I shouldn’t be talking about this stuff. I’m a good Christian now, or I try to be. I’m trying to put all of that killing stuff behind me.”

 

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The Caseworker

Pop Lit Fiction

Bureaucrats! Washington bureaucrats! Bureaucrats and more bureaucrats!

Politics has been much in the news of late, with scores of candidates– of every egregious personality type– hustling for public attention. But what’s inside-the Beltway, inside-D.C. really like?

Far be it from NEW POP LIT to miss a trend. We have the scoop in the form of a story, “The Caseworker,” by Tom Ray. Lobbyists; legislative assistants; administrators; American apparatchiks; congressmen and their mistresses– Tom Ray gives you all of it in a tightly-wound little tale. Get educated! Read how the political machine operates.

Madison was a legislative assistant in the office. She’d been having an affair with the Congressman for several months, which Warner hadn’t figured out yet. “So, who will they fire?”