Pejorative Pie: Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago”

On Wednesday, during the bike ride home from downtown San Diego, I encountered a rather unruly motorist whom I confronted. As his demeanor seemed to indicate, the driver was none too enthusiastic about my appraisals of his driving.

I too was not amused.

With that in mind, here is the second installment of Pejorative Pie. This week, I bring you more raillery from Russian literature. Here’s my favorite accusatory verbal abuse from Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago:

SOCIALIST MEDDLER

to “meddle” is to involve yourself in affairs that don’t concern you–I’ll let you fill in the rest

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Pejorative Pie: Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

Here it is: the first installment of Pejorative Pie. Here you’ll find the best slander from the most recent book I’ve read. That’s right: all the kings and queens of calumny from books I’ve just read. Don’t like it? Detest my selections or general taste in literature?

DEVIL TAKE YOU, MY FEATHERBRAINED FRIEND!

Here’s the vilest vilification, the meanest mudslinging, from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment:

STOOL PIGEON

a police informer (found in part three)

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“Two Thousand Miles Running” nominated for Queen’s Ferry Press Best Small Fictions of 2015 anthology

I was reading creative non-fiction by Rolf Potts today in Indiana Review and thinking, How do we digitally promote the print literature we love? By just mentioning it to spread the word? Linking to the story or the author’s website (if available)?

This disadvantage is, of course, one of the advantages of digital publications like Cheap Pop. Digital works published by these journals can easily be shared with URL and the author’s Twitter handle/Facebook URL in hand. They can be nominated for awards and anthologies.

So we don’t forget them or let them fade.

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Flash fiction published in The Austin Review Spotlight

I am pleased to share a little mixed breed flash fiction/creative non-fiction recently published in The Austin Review Spotlight series (No. 3):

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Thank you to Michael Barrett and the rest of the editorial staff at The Austin Review for finding merit in my work–it was a pleasure working with you. As always, I am here to discuss, to read feedback, to engage in any way any of you see fit.

Else where’s the fun?

–AM

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