Some Things Drift Apart by Allen Ashley
“I let the words and images sink in and suddenly I understood. Some things drift apart and some join up. We were dealing with a gestalt being.”
This is an ingenious story without being a story at all! It is a tranche of speculation somehow storifying a man not quite ready for the trappings of old age retirement, who has drifted apart from his wife, now fighting a corporate blending of myths, legends, piscine flesh and neo-plastic, in the form of monsters along the east coast where I live and, so, we are fighting them on the beaches! — literally at many places including “Clacton” explicitly! A war against Putin now become a war against PollUTIoN? Even against a new Lidl building as a child’s toy! And featuring an old public computer that bears a handwritten sign not to watch mermaid porn on it!
“Yet how could we fight something that could so easily combine and then disperse?”
Full context of this review will be here: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2022/04/28/theakers-quarterly-fiction-70/
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. — W.B. Yeats
Somehow, I think I was simply MEANT to read the Allen Ashley story today after finishing this Nicolay book yesterday: https://etepsed.wordpress.com/scott-nicolay/#comment-2493