It started with Dorothy Gale. Well, not quite Dorothy, not really, but the person she played in the life many call real. The girl who stared into the eye of a twister while piloting a farmhouse into a land over the rainbow, turned Garland, and on her forty-seventh summer she flew high, high, high… and never came back to smile into the hearts of those who loved her from afar.
Her last trip burst dams and fed flames. In Sam J. Miller’s “The Heat of Us: Notes Towards an Oral History”, Garland’s one-way journey seemed to have started a fantastical riot.
Law enforcers, a stenotype operator, a news reporter gone human, a librarian, a halved twin… told the tale of a 1969 in their history when Stonewall, a concealed place of revelations, was ignited by the rage of people who were tired—too damn tired!—of dancing in the dark, for the obscene comfort of a society that cared only about their own selves.
“The Heat of Us” is alternative history that evokes well known emotions. Through the voice of C.S.E. Cooney, the tale gains trueness that can be felt through the ears of the soul.
dancing and burning,
their identities stonewalled;
joy puts out sad fires
- read or listen to the short story at Uncanny Magazine
Note: This is an experiment, my Wicked Luvs, so I would really love to know what you think. If you’ve been around here for a while, you already know that I’m not crazy about writing “traditional” short story or book reviews. I enjoy exploring the feast of emotions written works rip out of my witchy heart, and tend to focus on them. The haibun, a prose-haiku combination, seems like the perfect form for me to share with you what I think and feel about a story. So… what do you think?
This flyer isn’t directly related to “The Heat of Us”. I just love the image. A lot.