Journal Entry

Monday, February 7, 2005

Orphans from Iceland

Got my contributors' copies of Issue #15 of McSweeney's, which contains my story "Orphans". This is the Icelandic Issue, with half the stories in translation from Icelandic and an enclosed weird and tacky Icelandic mini-tabloid.

I am pleased about this. Iceland rocks. It has 290,000 people and publishes 1000 books a year. Everyone in Iceland has to moonlight at several different jobs so that they can pretend they have enough people to be a nation-state with a cosmopolitan, urban center. A tiny bus stop in the remote north, next to a farmhouse, with nothing else in sight for miles but sheep (always in groups of three), icebergs, and volcanoes, will typically be accompanied by a major piece of expressionist sculpture. Rejkjavik is one of the architecturally coolest cities I've seen.

Hence my tribute to Iceland (Outermost Thule) in that Zeppelin story.

Plus, I love Bjork.

However, the rotten, 18-months-buried-in-sand shark they feed tourists: not so much.

Posted by benrosen at February 7, 2005 12:13 PM | Up to blog
Comments

That reminds me: Knowing that Benjamin Rosenbaum must have made it off that pirate war-boat alive (since he obviously went on to pen “A Discourse on the Nature of Causality, with Air-Planes”), if he did decide to pursue that job offer from Prem Ramasson, I wouldn't mind seeing a plausible-fable of Thule-that-might-have-been for Twenty Epics.

Posted by: David Moles at February 7, 2005 06:08 PM

Hm!

Except, wouldn't that just be historical nonfiction then?

:-)

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at February 8, 2005 01:58 PM

Does it say anywhere in the guidelines that we don't take non-fiction?

But I think it depends on one's approach to shadow history -- not to mention one's view of causality, naturally. :)

Posted by: David Moles at February 8, 2005 09:12 PM
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