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The Endless Short Story by Ronald Sukenick

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An Infinity of Narrato(logic)al Possibilities Envisioned as Paint Gestures on a White Canvas

Metafiction by 
David Detrich

interior monologue/description of the novel as the narrative logic of the beautiful mind revealed in a criti/fictional essay... 
a collection of innovative short stories...               admiration for the psychic awareness of the narrator...            envisioned as paint gestures of Abstract Expressionistic color on a white canvas...
written with a subtle narrative logic unifying the individual fictive pieces into a linear structure that implies the infinite... 
ascending motions characterize a para(meta)text in the form of a minimal square which begins each story...            interpreted in the future perfect tense imagined as the stellar evolution of the galaxy...             a title written in vertical letters as a design that implies a foreshadowing of a minimalist theme...                   the interconnectedness of the short story form implying infinity...
the collection becomes an ongoing narrative written with an intertextual awareness that guides the younger generation of innovators...              a plausible plot extending to infinity suggesting an endless deferment of meaning as the semester begins...            inspiring the young novelists who have developed a similar approach to the writing of fiction...                   the idea of a short story collection has evolved into the graphic novel/graphic short story envisioned from the perspective of the morning light...
a work of typographic art to be read in the context of Surrealism and modern art...             caramel espresso moods of indulgence...
where the art of fiction is the writing of art...             the abstract form of the narrator reads the words of the narrator who is writing The Endless Short Story...             becoming an endless number of narrators reading an endless short story...                   this brings the 21st Century American short story into visibility as a work of literary art...              a relaxed summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as I work on the screenplay for The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending...                an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares...                  Ronald Sukenick anticipates this direction in The Endless Short Story with his foreshadowing of the future perfect tense of reading...
interconnected stories which form an interlocking pattern where a short story is part of a larger meta/story...                   the story of all stories written in the decade of The Endless Short Story...
published in 1986 when the modern short story was evolving into a more sophisticated artform...                   written in minimalistic vertical columns...               the short story as a simplistic form of narrative art for the young reader...                    a plot that never ends...                   a narrator whose youthful simplicity evolves towards the realization of infinite love...
the abstract painterly forms of the students becoming a new generation of innovators...                    vanilla milkshake textures of paint stroked across the white textured canvas...
transforming into the mechanistic form of a male dancer in rhythmic variations pulsing under the laser lightshow...              my novel has become an erotic daisy chain of characterizations...                   unified by the perspective of the charming narrator...               The Endless Short Story begins with the story What's Watts about the artist Rodia who lives in Los Angeles...              the book review becomes a phenomenological reduction of esthetic theory into abstract brush strokes...              the lack of information about the identity of Rodia is a theme that anticipates the biography of the artist...               the artificial intelligence of the superhuman cartoon character resembles the hairstyle of the narrator...                 an identity that is multiple to the point of lacking clear definition...              small Surrealistic marshmallows are buoyant swimmers on the cream of his glazed green coffee cup...                 some artists spend a lifetime working in obscurity...              parsley sage rosemary and thyme...             and one wonders if there is any appreciation for their efforts?               the facts are in favor of posterity...             as the pleistocene glaciation reaches the edge of the Dry Creek Valley...               and the right to privacy of the literary artist to express his or her own experience...              the semantic field is a set of verbal gestures... 
to admire suggests meaning in the logic of language...
bringing out the esthetic beauty and painterly romance of the artistic lifestyle...                 to protect his deskspace from an invasion of multiple perspectives...                 the narrator reveals a simple logic that guides his efforts to comprehend the reality around him...             or her...                   a style of painting/writing which expresses intense emotional experience...                 this is close to the naive perspective of the young student as beginner...
distortion of facts exaggeration of fears the paranoid/critical perspective of Salvador Dali...              the psyche of the narrator returns to the childhood stories of the kids in his neighborhood...
when he was growing up in Brooklyn...                   his facial features reveal a heightened clarity and focus in the mirror...
an autobiographical theme that is similar to Henry Miller writing about Brooklyn...                   a painterly self-portrait as Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography...              or to other novelists who return to their youth for an answer... 
layered images of intimate eroticism become abstractions...
the expressionistic use of language reveals a Dadaist concretion of meaning...             Aziff...                   Croo...                   nightlife personalities on the dance floor as the bar gradually changes color into electric blue...            written with Arabesques of abstract geometrical patterns...             men/women dancing to the beat while the VJ interprets the meta/data...             and there are moments when the author of Out (1973) may foreshadow this futuristic espionage plot...            the subjective Surreality of current events become literary disruptions as Jerome Klinkowitz has coined the concept...             a psychogenesis of the novelistic form becomes the upbeat trend for the new generation of innovators...                an endless series of revisions creating the visibility of typographic lines which have clarified into conceptual spatialized structures... 
which have through the process of painterly abstraction... 
become the idea of literary criticism evolving towards fictional awareness...             novelists writing an endless narrative that extends to infinity...
Crown Prince von Mocassin as a valid characterization...
You are getting closer to the subjective truth of surreality...            she is browsing in the calm quietude of introspection...                in the short story Verticals and Horizontals the reader perceives a mystical enigma at the time of reading...             a warm feeling of sexuality expressing thoughts in the pale blue grayness of sunrise... with precise insight into the contentment of the soft golden light and the relativity of time and space...             envisioned in a literary phantasy of west coast coffeehouse caramel cream moods...            the intellectual euphoria of the white pages of a novel-in-progress...                  the cartoon hero inspires the the first graders to read books with intense colors...          
fiction inspired by the theme of endless continuity... 
to paraphrase it the black velvet gentleman finds himself writing a similar type of endless short story...
a story that hasn't been told written in informal expressionistic prrrooooossssee...            bright young students at their computers brrrooowwwssse...             while the animated figure of a cartoon superhero considers the first steps towards abstraction...
                  the infinitive of the verb to love suggests love for life...      
fireworks in brrriiillliant luminosity light the sky over Iron River...
            writing from the point of view of a flower growing near the sidewalk as the sun rises...              love is at the origin of color and texture...

This is THE ENDLESS SHORT STORY. It doesn't matter where you start. You must have faith.
                                                   Verticals and Horizontals
                                                   Ronald Sukenick

1. The young flower woke in the morning as the sun rose above the sidewalk where the daisies and orange flowers were growing. A blue green sunbreeze began to rise above the blades of grass as the cartoon hero walked by...                This is the story of a  young writer who enjoyed the summer breeze, and the warm sunshine, as the flower wavered in the natural energies of the sunlight...                  To enjoy the summer breeze is my philosophy...


David Detrich lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he has just completed The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares. This year he is working on Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography, a monumental Surrealist novel written with innovative typographical design. His first novel Big Sur Marvels & Wondrous Delights (2001) is available from Amazon. He edits Innovative Fiction Magazine and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations.



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