Out of the Hat
In Charles Haddox’ Wild Strawberries and Moonlight: A piece of writing is usually interpreted according to its “label.” How might “Wild Strawberries and Moonlight” best be classified: as a short story, a dramatized prose poem or a lyrical essay?
In Channie Greenberg’s Contingent on Altering Behaviors:
- What is the object of contention, exactly?
- What does the poem seem to say about the cost of charity, both organized and personal?
- In what ways are the two stories related?
- Does the Paper Man suffer a form of the retributive justice outlined in “Job’s Lament”?
- What genre of short story do “The Paper Man” and “Job’s Lament” represent? When was it especially popular?
- What is Barghest? Does the name occur previously?
- When did Lormor find the baby and place a tracker on him?
- When and where did Lormor find Hester’s hair and excretions?
- Why does Lormor let Hester try to escape? Who or what ultimately kills Hester?
- The synopsis says that Lormor is a “con man.” Does he really seem to be one? If so, whom does he deceive for personal gain? How else might he be described?
- Is magic essential to the plot? How might a similar story have been constructed without it?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?