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Body Art
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Wendel Scutti

Body Art, by Wendel Scutti

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Wendel Scutti brings us a short story which begins with a positive pregnancy test and ends with, well, what sort of a teaser would this be if we told you where it ends? This is an exploration of the dichotomy of singularity and connection, and a story that worries out the complications of a single thread. An excerpt:

Now Nancy pauses, listens to the droning sound of passing cars and inhales the faint scent of exhaust fumes. There is an entire generation lost to this city, Nancy thinks: Aborted children of women like me. Former suburban girls who arrive by bus with a few hundred dollars and vague artistic aspirations. Twenty-somethings who find the only thing they can afford is a studio apartment in some marginal, really dangerous neighborhood. Childish women who just barely survive but who are too stubborn to give up and leave. Girls who feel lonely and drink too much and miss their periods then calculate days and dollars, knowing they will be unable to rely on the casual friend or boyfriend who is too focused on his own struggles to help in any real way.

—Wendel Scutti

28 pages. $10, includes standard shipping within the Continental USA.

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