Benjamin Rosenbaum is an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction as well as a computer programmer. While I’m not well versed in anything he’s been involved in, he’s apparently created some pretty cool video games, so suffice it to say that the writers of our published pieces this week are pretty multi-talented!
Benjamin’s flash fiction piece “The Orange” first found its way under my nose in a collection called Flash Fiction Forward, one which I’ve raved about in the past and continue to return to for inspiration. This short piece calls for some short questions, so let’s dig in:
- Without pointing the conversation in any one direction, I have to ask it: what is really being said about religion in this piece? Rosenbaum himself studied religion at Brown University, so I think that shows up in his work a fair amount.
- To build off the first question, while the focus ‘character’ here (the orange) is a heavy, direct metaphor for some sort of messiah, why does the piece still feel so light, like a breeze that flits through the house?
- The narrator doesn’t come in until the very end, a technique that is typically frowned upon, but I feel as if this serves a direct purpose here. Why do we come to this ‘I’ at the end? What is the narrator’s role in this story?
This piece makes me want to go out and write a similar story about a large, major concept in such a small, banal way. But, suffice it to say, easier said then done. So I’ve moved on to more important questions: What fruit would you choose for your messiah?
I am all for pomegranates.