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Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette
""Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette"
by Vincent Van Gogh
What came first to you?—the fishing or the war? How did the two find each other?
As a kid I did a lot of fishing. The war effectively made it impossible to go out into the countryside, so in a way, the simple act of fishing became symbolic of things taken away by war.

For what do you see "fishing" as a metaphor, not only in this piece, but in general?
It's been years since I fished as in "angling". Yet in a strange way, fishing and writing are similar pursuits. Both involve the quest for something that is hidden, something lurking below the surface which needs to be lured out.

Who is the enemy?
The enemy is those who make a living out of lying.

The Rhodesian Civil War or a Christian cult. What left the most scars?
The cult. Definitely. Beware of anyone who says Jesus / God / Buddah / Muhhamad made him do it.

Time for the first (and perhaps only) SLQ deserted island questionnaire. One CD. One novel. One flash piece. One movie. One very much alive famous person. One very much alive writer. One SLQ editor with the initials R.B.. Go!
Ha, ha. Doors - Greatest Hits. JM Coetzee - Disgrace. Any one of Liesl Jobson's falsh pieces - I think she is pushing flash the most in SA. Movie would be Pollock. Famous alive person - Nelson Mandela (but who wouldn't?), Very much alive writer - A guy called Al Lovejoy; he wrote a book here in South Africa called Acid Alex. Get it if you can.

Read Fishing.
Issue Thirteen (June 15, 2006): A Foreign Woman by Roberta Allen «» Fetichismo by Christopher Battle «» How the Broken Lead the Blind Until They Both Become Something Else Entirely by Matt Bell «» See Odi Naked by Lisa K. Buchanan «» Memory of Sky by Jai Clare «» The Captain by Ron Currie, Jr. «» Bingham by Steve Cushman «» The Table by David Erlewine «» Daffodil by Kathy Fish «» Fishing by Mike Hagemann «» Real Estate by Jennifer A. Howard «» Emily Avenue by Jeff Landon «» Tough Act by Steven J. McDermott «» Cheering by Srdan Papic «» Something Blew by Ellen Parker «» Euclid's Elements by Mary Lynn Reed «» Miracle by Chad Simpson «» Her Lips by Claudia Smith «» Man and Dog by Girija Tropp «» Randomization by Joseph Young «» Interviews: Roberta Allen «» Matt Bell «» Lisa K. Buchanan «» Jai Clare «» Ron Currie, Jr. «» Steve Cushman «» Katrina Denza «» David Erlewine «» Kathy Fish «» Mike Hagemann «» Jennifer A. Howard «» Jeff Landon «» Steven J. McDermott «» Srdan Papic «» Ellen Parker «» Mary Lynn Reed «» Chad Simpson «» Claudia Smith «» Girija Tropp «» Joseph Young «» Cover Art "Despair" by Marty D. Ison «» Letter From the Editor
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