Flash Fiction for the Age of Trump by Crabby McGrouchpants
Sometimes things need to be boiled down, and the clarity exaggerated. Sometimes things need to be encapsulated, for precision, conciseness, and brevity.
This is one of those times.
PRAISE FROM THE VENERATED FICTIONAUT SITE FROM WHENCE THESE CAME: “Lol” – Charlotte Hamrick (on “TV’s Where It’s At.”) ● “Ha!” – Adam Sifre (on “Remember the EPA?”) ● “Now I wanna read parts I-V.” – Frankie Saxx (on “Remember the EPA?”) ● “LOL! And that’s my whole story.” – Ed Higgins (on “Johann’s Got Dandruff”) ● “This story brought fast fast FAST relief—a-and it didn’t upset my stomach!!” –Mathew Paust (on “Johann’s Got Dandruff”) ● “I like your heavily punctuated, carefully chaotic style. Very sharp.” – eamon byrne (on “At Last — My Dream Come True!”)
REQUIRED READING: “Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice. I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders.”—Elizabeth Warren, describing a conversation with Lawrence Summers, director of the National Economic Council, in Spring 2009, as cited in “The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government” by Mike Lofgren (Viking, 2016)
STILL MORE REQUIRED READING: “Dismiss, distract, dismay. This, Nimmo tells me, is the classic Russian disinformation strategy. You launder information like you launder money. You pass it through a set of different bodies. You send it from one shell company/mouthpiece to another. You confuse its origins. You chuck in a distraction. You create outrage.”—Carole Cadwalladr, in The Guardian Sun Apr. 2 2017: “Arron Banks: ‘Brexit was a war. We won. There’s no turning back now’”
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