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Lauren Spohrer: Flash Fiction: The Numbers

October 10, 2011

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This marks the beginning of a new flash fiction series designed to showcase up-and-coming writers and artists on the Daily.

By **Lauren Spohrer**

Cudahy575.jpgPainting by Anthony Cudahy.

I must seem very rude but it’s just that my legs don’t do much anymore. A few more cigarettes, doc says, and we’ll all be sorry! Believe an egg sucking soldier when she tells you this shit works out! I eat freezer pizza and freezer corn and watch Jim and Pam. Anything else you’d like me to explain, to connect, to supply, and I’ll have to be getting back to my show. It’s more lively, you see, when something has to come out that’s unexpected. Start with the theory you’re trying to illustrate and then you can make anything you want from the numbers. We’re powerful, totally strange, sick creatures; and yet you’d really appreciate it if I used my legs.


Lauren Spohrer has fiction published or forthcoming in the Mississippi Review, NOON, McSweeney’s, Unsaid, Ben Marcus’ Smallwork, Everyday Genius, GIGANTIC, Failbetter, and The Reprint. A chapbook, Just Kids, is forthcoming from Agnes Fox Press.

Born in Florida and sweltered for eighteen years, artist Anthony Cudahy currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been featured in the New Yorker, Bloomberg View, Vice Magazine, the Deal Magazine, Annalemma Magazine, American Illustration, and more. More of his work can be seen here. To read our interview with Anthony, click here.

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