Archive for July, 2009


July 31, 2009

The martyrdom of St Thomas, who, according to local custom, was pierced by a spear while praying at the top of St. thomas Mount in Chennai (Madras). Told from the perspecive of the local king who had him killed.

long live the king

July 30, 2009

Inspiered by one more story from Indian history: the accidental death of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughluq. It would be interesting to find out exactly how this happened, but for the inspired imaginary story, a king dies in the bath. A death both gruesome and ludicrous. He slips on wet stone and slides into a pillar which falls and a stone crushes hijs head. The meat of the story is how the household, the cabinet, the army, the royal family and the people react and how a successor is chosen.



July 29, 2009

Another story from the Muslim expansion in India: the sacking of Nalanda, the greatest Buddhist monastery in history. 10,000 monks killed.


July 29, 2009

From the history of India, the story of Somnath. The temple contained a Siva lingam that was suspended in air by magnetic fields. The city was sacked and the residents slaughtered by Mahmud of Ganzi.

record shopping

July 27, 2009

Four male friends go to the record store. In between discussing the bands and what they find, they discuss their personal lives: girlfriends, parents, siblings. What is left unsaid is apparent when they each go home to listen to their finds. Character study of four (maybe three) similar young men, and how they differ.

tickets please

July 26, 2009

A train attendant (or brakeman), while checking tickets, finds the same person on every car.


July 26, 2009

Leslie has a wide, rectangular face. She knows she’s not beautiful. She’s a bit of a tomboy. Standing in front of the station one day, she meets Rob. She doesn’t pretend to be pretty. But she’s open, interested. She is in front of the station handing out pamphlets. He is coming back from his archery lesson, waiting to be picked up by an older sister who never comes because she’ out on a date.


July 24, 2009

A young woman dates a man who has an extreme fetish for women’s shoulders. As a result her own shoulders become one her greatest erogenous zones. Her next boyfriends are insensitive to it, though. She takes up with a girl on the side who can satisfy her new fetish, a fetish which has been transmitted like a virus. She still wants a man emotionally, socially, and otherwise – and the regular hetero sex is good. She uses her girlfriend just for this fetish.


July 23, 2009

A project manager for a design agency finds himself gradually turning into a gorilla. His work goes first. He has to take sick leave. His friend takes care of him for a while: takes him to the doctor, then brings food to his apartment. But after an incident in which he leaves his apartment he has to be taken to the city zoo. There he joins the local troop as one of the subordinate males – but he does sneak in some sex here and there, as his friend witnesses when he comes to visit.

angel and naomi

July 22, 2009

Angel and Naomi met in first grade and were best friends through high school. Angel was blonde, pale, sesnitive, artistic – an abstract thinker, better at geometry than arithmetic, forever swooning over some boy or another. Naomi had black hair, a darker complexion, a bit more hirsute. She was more pragmatic, much more happy-go-lucky. She was not as concerned about boys and not as sensitive to slights. She was very sensible and athletic – a member of Junior Achievers, she was obviously going to have a strong head for business. Senior year of high school Angel was surprised to learn that Naomi had been having a great raging love affair with an older, amrried man, and was pregnant as a result. The older man paid for her to have an abortion, but will not go with her. Naomi asks Angel – that’s why she told her the story at all. Afterwards the married man dumps her. Naomi commits suicide by walking in front of a train.