The Old Soldier likes to think that he publishes narratives for our time. The very short narrative is a perfect reflection of the fragmented, modern world we live in. It is a world of short attention spans and sensory over load. It is a world of the quick image and the zip sound bite. So much of our lives are disjointed. Is it any wonder that the short narrative is the literature of the computer age?
Short narratives offer almost immediate gratification. Many of us don’t have the time for leisurely reading, but we still want our stories to have beginnings, middles and resolutions. We still want to be entertained.
You will find plenty of short narratives on this site that will entertain you.
The Winter Thaw
It was fine weather today in Pittsburgh. Hardly any wind, sunny and the temperature in the 30s. The Old Soldier marched deeper into Oakland, down near the campus of the University of Pittsburgh to turn in his overdue books at the main branch of the Carnegie Library. I checked out another book: HOTHOUSE, The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It was written by Boris Kachka. The book should keep me busy for a while and may even help to make me a better editor/publisher.
After I left the library, I took the bus to Armand’s in Little Italy. It was early afternoon. I usually hit Armand’s in the late morning when I pretty much have the place to myself; but there was a crowd at the bar and I sat between two other baby boomers, a woman on my right and a man on my left. I knew both of them by name. He was retired (like me) and a veteran (like me). He was in the process of signing up for classes in broadcasting at Duquesne University here in town. He said he had too much time on his hands and needed something to keep him busy.
I told him I knew exactly what he meant. I thought of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. Beyond the big window the sun was bright on Liberty Avenue.
Be sure to check out all the great erotic flash fiction on this site. This is the Old Soldier reporting from near the University of Pittsburgh.