Benjamin Niespodziany is a necessary figure in the Silver Sewer Rat Scene. His recent novella, Junktella, was turned into a swamp. He’ll cough up a loch water pocket watch if you talk too long or not enough. Last month, he submitted a candle to a science journal and a pirate tooth to a cubic museum. While awaiting for both to reply, a skywhale impaled his alms box. A block of letters measured up to a skull. Last we’ve been told, Niespodziany is yawning in an armchair built by God. A nod to his bog dumpster’s injustice. An oven in a tank made of sticks.
[I apologize if it’s in poor taste to submit to a workshop you’re leading, but I wanted to share this one! Written this morning after reading everyone’s pieces.]
Benjamin! Absolutely spectacular! “A block of letters measured up to a skull”
“Last month, he submitted a candle to a science journal and a pirate tooth to a cubic museum.” ALL OF IT!
And what a joy this class has been! Thank you so much for your astute comments and your kickass class! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! HUGS!
“While awaiting for both to reply, a skywhale impaled his alms box.” And an oven in a tank full of sticks. Dig this.
yes, i love this same line so much, and enjoy figuring out how it gets to have so much resonance … it’s a real whale vision, estranged as it may seem from real life. (also i love whale watching when i can so this made me especially happy). thank you for sharing benjamin, your dexterity with the absurd is inspiring! and of course i love more rats — they stay busy in the world of the absurd!
When does “Junktella” come out? I definitely need to read it! LOVE!