Hold Your Breath
In Charles C. Cole’s “Performance Art in Hollywood”:
- Is the story a satire? If so, what does it satirize?
- Bonus question: In what way is the story akin to J. B. Ballard’s short stories?
In Alison McBain’s review of Dr. Fred Nour’s True Love, how might writers — perhaps less scientifically inclined — use such classic summaries as Stendhal’s On Love (1822) and Andreas Capellanus’ The Art of Courtly Love (12th century)?
Bonus Challenge: Send us a love story based on either one.
In Jonah Kruvant’s “Imagine His Thoughts”:
- Why does Simon not warn Sara and their friends in ARM of the impending raid?
- Who might be the prime suspect in killing Simon? How does the plot sidestep BwS’ “dead narrator“ guideline?
- In what way might Simon’s relationship with Sara be a kind of artistic masterpiece?
In Mar Na Carter’s “Fly, Bird, Fly”:
- Does anyone have a black towel? What is the dramatic function of the scene where Faith confronts James in his search for a white towel?
- Does Faith’s aunt know that Father Lovely and the deacon will drown her?
- Could Father Lovely realistically recruit his armed militia within the community? Why are the congregants surprised?
- Bonus question: In what way does the story echo parts of Karen Armstrong’s The Battle for God?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?