James Ferry – ???
It was observed by reviewers of this collection that John Gardner picked authors for this collection that were not necessarily “known”.
Well- second story in, and I have a nobody!
I can’t find ANYTHING about James Ferry.
In the bio section located at the rear of the book, Ferry’s bio indicates that this was his first published story.
I have to wonder if it was his only published story.
In the intro,
The first sentence reads:
“I suppose you’ve heard that Renée douched herself with sulfuric acid.”
What did I get out of this story?
Well- it’s difficult.
-It caused me to think about love and the lengths we’ll go for it. It caused me to think about how it alters our perception of the world – both for the positive and the negative.
-Our positions in various stages of our lives – and the various lives we all lead throughout our time on earth.
-Just as it is thought that our taste buds change every seven or eight years, I feel that we make changes in life – of course, sometimes not of our own will.
Travel, changes in cultures, births, deaths, marriages, divorces, career paths, addictions – so many factors that can cause our little ship in this violent ocean to be swept under.
With everything I’ve been through in my life, I’m lucky – I’ve never felt the need to douche with sulfuric acid-so to speak.
Now, a mental douching from time to time can be healthy – perhaps not with something as strong as sulfuric acid – but close.
Ingest thoughts and ideas, music and visions that shake you up. Reset your mind from time to time.
These stories do that for me - The words, sentences and stories that pass through my brain – traveling across all the lightening fast connectors – forming new ideas and actually growing my brain – swelling it, I envision a bit fat pulsating mind.
-good stuff in here – really good stuff.