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Review: I love the way that this piece takes a very unusual approach to the more fairy tale approach of talking musical instruments. How Jenny and her lover Molly both expect that when a talking instrument shows up it means that they are going to be exposed and punished for what they did. That there is some form of divine will that wants them to be found out. That, maybe, they want that as well, at least so they don't have to live with the worry and the guilt of it.

At least, they don't feel all that guilty about what they've done. They don't even necessarily regret it, though they both seem to regret that they were in circumstances where they did what they did. Where, for them, that was the right call. And I like that, because it recognizes that they see that what they did was "wrong," but also that they didn't have a great other option.

And that, in the grand scheme of things, punishment is inevitable.

It isn't required. It isn't even necessarily right, though they do feel bad about it all. But that, I feel, is the punishment they've earned. To carry the weight of what they've done. It's not something they cannot bear, after all, and I don't think that makes them terrible people.

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Rather, it leaves them having to find a way to be able to live with themselves, to try and make some kind of way forward, to face what they've done without necessarily throwing themselves on the "mercies" of the justice system. And I like where the story goes with that, aware of the burden they'll live with but also aware that they can live with it.

That they can move forward without having to either be dramatically punished or having to kill more people to cover up what they've done. They act according to their own consciences, and I think that works for them. At the very least it makes for a neat read that's fun and complex all at once! No Spoilers: La Orpheline is a young girl found by a theater troupe in a quasi-historical Paris.

Mute, she cannot tell anyone where she came from or who she really is, but she is taken in all the same and becomes an assistant seamstress. Her past, however, isn't something she can leave far behind, and when it shows up in the form of a man in one of the theater boxes, she is thrown into a situation where she'll have to navigate betrayal and danger to reach for the hope of freedom.

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The piece is told almost as a play, but more as a story around a play, very aware of its nature, narrated from the outside looking in with a feel almost like a shadow play or silent film. It's a strange but also hauntingly beautiful piece about cages and skins, about magic and desire, and about the will to be free. Tell us a little about yourself and about your work.

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For fiction, limit your submission to a total of 2, words or less. For poetry, send a sample of four or five poems. Readings will be limited to 10 minutes or less. We are open to any type or genre of fiction and poetry, so long as it's entertaining to listeners.

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But since we won't be at our usual adults-only location on September 14th, please keep the contents to a mild R rating. And remember, you must be a registered Chicago Writers Conference attendee to participate. And yes, we will check. Submissions from those who aren't registered by August 25th will not be read.

The entries are rolling in! Submissions are due by Saturday, August 25th, end of day. The three readers selected to participate will be contacted by no later than September 1st. Don't miss your chance to participate in this exciting evening of live literature, and good luck! Adam Rakunas lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter.

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His work has been published by So New Media and Futurismic. He is currently working on a science fiction novel about sex, violence, and labor relations. Please join Adam and the rest of our crew of excellent readers in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf on September 4th for the Chicago Post-Worldcon Science Fiction Spectacular! Come for the fun, the funnies, the drinks, and the music. Pipes and Drums will be performing a set of rock and roll originals and covers inspired by the reading and drink specials.

Factory towns are dying throughout this great land of ours. At our August Tuesday Funk reading , co-host Sara Ross Witt read us a powerful story about one such factory town, and the cost of keeping it running We'd like to remind you that for the next five days we're still accepting submissions for our rare special Friday edition of Tuesday Funk.

Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins , showcasing a monthly mix of fiction, poetry, essays and performance. Join us next on Tuesday, November 5, p. Clark Street, Chicago, IL Admission is free.


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