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New Translation

On How to Not Kill a Spider, published in France >>

(also known as Shortcuts Home in Hebrew and Lunar Savings Time in English)

18 Micro Stories

The Guardian >>
Juxta Prose >>
TriQuarterly >>

Seven Micro-Stories on War (and Only One on Love)

Published at Guernica >>

True Legends – Free iPad app

Itunes >>

An interview with Electric Literature >>

L.A Times >>

Haaretz >>

New Translation

For My Next Illusion I Will Use Wings – translated into Portuguese, published in Brazil >>>

On How to Not Kill a Spider

Cover the spider with a small, shallow dish, such as a soap dish. Tilt the soap dish a little, and slip a piece of paper under it. Take the paper covered with the soap dish to a window. Carefully lift the soap dish and blow on the spider until it slides from the paper and out the window. Seventy percent of people who commit suicide by jumping from a high floor—I learned this from a study—feel remorse on their way down. I have no idea who volunteered to participate in this study, and at exactly which stage on the way down it was conducted. Aside from the method described here, there are many other ways to leave a small impression on the world.

From Lunar Savings Time, Clockroot Books. From the Hebrew: Becka Mara McKay. Photo: Smadar Liani

Seven Micro Stories

Seven micro stories from “For My Next Illusion I Will Use Wings”, at Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, with illustrations by David Polonsky

The Very Short Q&A on Very Short Fiction

“Q: What does flash fiction offer readers that slow fiction doesn’t?. A: Longing.”
More in World Literature Today.

Artistic Freedom

And in those days the king ordered all his painters to paint the most beautiful map of the kingdom. He implied that he would grant complete artistic freedom: If the map of the neighboring kingdom from the east disturbed the composition, he said, have your way with its borders. The art critics of the neighboring kingdom were quick to report on this plot to their king. In response, he also ordered his painters to paint a map of his kingdom. When the first king learned that the king of the east was imitating him, he gathered some of his abstract painters and secretly ordered them to draw another map, this time of the neighboring kingdom. But even this secret leaked. Abstraction was common in the other kingdom as well. Legend says that many years later, in one abandoned museum not far from the border, the roof collapsed. And we could see the sky.


From For My Next Illusion I Will Use Wings. Translated from the Hebrew by Sacha Cold.

Art: Moran Shoub, The Ancient Sea. Acrylic and paper cutting in the “History of Europe”, July 2011. From the series Topographies in Books and Notebooks.

How the iPad Saved the Short Story

The truth of the matter is that the iPad did not save the short story, and in any case this was not the reason that one man, fed up with his life, jumped from the window of his apartment on a high enough floor. And then, in the middle of the journey to the sidewalk, he suddenly discovered he could actually fly. He began to hover above the city streets, and flew up and down and forgot that he had just jumped from the window to die, and even cautiously approached the utility lines (without which the world is demilitarized from sadness). After a few minutes, when he turned in the general direction of his window, he could no longer fly. He started to fall, managed only to think he should ascend one last time, but it was no use, he spun through the air, plummeting and crashing on the road just a few minutes’ walk from his home. What a brief and bizarre kind of grace this was. But grace nonetheless.

From Lunar Savings Time, Clockroot Books. From the Hebrew: Becka Mara McKay.