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In Ken Goldman’s “Busy Old Fool, Unruly Sun”:
- To which students does Dr. Herbert Sanders give special posters? Why?
- What does it mean that the other students don’t laugh at Dr. Sanders but choose their own posters?
- Dr. Sanders appears to identify himself with King Lear. In what way? Does he recall King Lear’s tragic flaw?
- Dr. Sanders says his students hate him. Do they? Is he telling the whole truth?
In Herb Kauderer’s “Watches”:
- What is the “Watches” of the title?
- Why is it significant that the walker is a “priest”? Is the priest’s journey literal or figurative? What cost might the priest really be sparing his parish?
- In what way might the “launch site” be other than a spaceport?
- What does the priest seem to be wishing for? What does he seem to lack?
In William Quincy Belle’s “The Voodoo Wedding Dolls”:
- The wedding dolls were not “voodoo” when they were made. How do they become “voodooed”?
- What else — other than the wedding doll — could Gus have used to torment Kira?
- The voodoo pin is said to have been blessed by “Papa Doc.” In light of Haitian history, why might one infer immediately that the “blessing” is actually a curse?
In Bob Lovely’s “Scarecrow”:
- How old is Jimmy?
- What is the difference between “the scarecrow” and “Scarecrow”?
- Why are Jimmy and his friends so afraid of “Scarecrow” that they must perform an exorcism?
In Channie Greenberg’s “Actualized Malfeasance”:
- Basketball players do not wear “headgear.” What does it mean, then, that “The professional sport of basketball [...] features crummy headgear”?
- What accomplishments does the poem cite? What shortcomings?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?