(from Zoetrope All-Story, Spring 2007)
Overhearing the adults arguing, and seeing their grotesquely aged bodies, makes the skinnydippers ponder their own futures. One could argue that both sides — the petty, blunt adults and the shallow, naive kids — are played a bit cartoonishly. I’m not gonna argue that, though. This was a short story with a point to make. It did so satisfyingly.
This issue of Zoetrope was designed by Palace Brothers frontman Will Oldham.
In truth, I read a whole bunch of short stories today. The Guardian published a bunch of six-word short stories. Read them here. Most of them aren’t in sentence form, but a good plot can overcome even the most stilted prose.
By John Banville
Bonnie Prince Billie, “Agnes Queen of Sorrow”