Watch FREEDOM AND CARNAGE, 140 Character Short Story:
Get to know writer Eric Benac:
1) What is your very short story about?
On the surface, this story is very simple. It features exactly one character and one event. However, like Hemingway, there’s a lot below the surface. The aftermath of the dog’s escape are not described, but hinted at through the title.
To me, the dog represents those who have been marginalized in life. The dog is left alone to bark, ignored, in its little corner. And then it finally breaks free and makes its mark. Is its mark positive or negative? It doesn’t matter, so much as the mark is made.
2) What motivated you to write this story and submit it to the festival?
I’ve always been interested in the “short-short” and this is definitely the shortest story I’ve ever written. I don’t mean to hammer on Hemingway…
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