It’s interesting, though, that when someone can speak “medical” with their doctor often the entire communication dynamic changes.
It seems easier for the doctor to tell the patient what they’re thinking and questions are asked and answered more easily. Just as non-native English speakers have to work extra hard to find the right words when they’re speaking English, the same kind of internal translation is necessary for doctors when they’re speaking with us.
Characters respond in a similarly passive way when several of the stories take flights into the magical.
Two of the stories that have been printed elsewhere, earning publication in the Journey Prize Anthology and an honourable mention in the National Magazine Awards, deal with the peculiar soullessness of modern dating.
Having an ongoing relationship with a doctor at least means less of a speed dating encounter and potentially some context when a patient shows up with a problem.
bodies might be working (or not working) than we do.
These three collections of short fiction – two by first-time authors – are a sign of the growing resistance to this aesthetic.
With her elements of fantasy or magical realism in a world of pop-culture-saturated urbanites, Carolyn Black at times resembles Zsuzsi Gartner, whose collection Better Living Through Plastic Explosives was shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize.