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Sometimes you get a novel that feels like one very big, very heavy handed metaphor. The Natural Way of Things starts out just this way. We meet Yolanda Kovacs, a young woman, being admitted to some kind of prison camp. Next we meet Verla, similarly being incarcerated. Then ten more young women. They all seem to have been promiscuous or adulterous. Their jailers, young men with names like Boncer and Teddy, are violent and hateful. But all are stranded within the same electrified fence, somewhere far away in outback Australia. The metaphor appears to be one of life; men and women sharing w
Lisa is waiting to pay her vehicle tax at her local motor revenue office, thermoprinted number in hand, trying to find the least bad plastic seat. As she begins her interminable wait, she looks around and observes her fellow man. Fellow man doesn't come out looking good. Then Lisa notices that someone is reading a magazine article written by her friend Olivia about nanoparticles. This is a short story that looks at ordinary people and how they look based on a single occasion in a mundane setting. The situation is familiar to all of us, is closely structured based on the serial calling of numb