In 2013, OriginalTitle will be presenting her interpretations of contemporary short stories in whatever way such interpretations happen to emerge at Writer’sClubKL
This week’s featured short story is “Our Education by Lincoln Michel and can be read here at Electric Literature.
Below is an excerpt from OriginalTitle’s biweekly column on Writer’s Club KL. Read the whole column here: Writer’sClubKL
“We don’t talk to our teachers in school. We suffer through numbing one-sided lectures in which we are face-to-face with an ancient dragon breathing coffee-breath out of lips dripping in Revlon’s fire-engine red. The creature’s wiry grey-blue curls don’t even wobble, having been hair sprayed into submission, as she talks too fast for us to comprehend, twittering in a desperate attempt to squeeze vast quantities of knowledge into a concise thirty minutes. We know not to raise our hand anymore. A few of us lost one and Billy lost both to her pearly whites when she chewed us out for interrupting. Our questions are too abrupt and too time-consuming to answer. When the exhausted beast finishes the regurgitation of knowledge she relearned the night before, she slumps down behind the fortress of her desk, face lit by the blue screen of the online attendance system.
In “Our Education,” by Lincoln Michel, such memories from a not-so-distant schoolhood are brought forth from the reader’s mind through the perspective of a teacherless student. With his classmates, he’s trapped inside construction-paper covered windows and cellblock concrete where bells no longer signal recognizable blocks of time. The students are left to fend for themselves with no means of escape. In reading the story, one is thrown back behind the desk, into the cafeteria and amidst piles of gym mats. In a spiral, the familiar adolescent tension of unsteady alliances and cut-throat social survival are uncomfortably remembered [….]”
I highly recommend, as Electric Literature did, “Our Education,” by Lincoln Michel and I look forward to reading his other works as I hope you will too. Let’s start a dialogue about the story and what it brings to mind for you. Comment below with any thoughts you have.
About OriginalTitle: In addition writing her blog and contributing to Writer’s Club, OriginalTitle is also writing a novel and her work has been featured in Fanzine and most recently in Comb Magazine.
A soundtrack to supplement your reading:
“Echoes of Mine” M83