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Three Things: The Apocalypse Edition

2012 July 23

This week’s writing prompt takes inspiration from stories with an apocalyptic twist, including Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles. In her debut novel, the earth’s rotation has begun to slow, stretching our normal 24-hour day and night cycle to 25 hours, then 48 hours, then a weeks’ time, and so on. This wreaks havoc on all aspects of the ecosystem, and humans must learn to adapt in order to survive.

Let’s write our own apocalyptic piece, shall we? Here are three little scenes to get you started.


Jerry Uelsmann, Apocalypse II, 1967. Gelatin silver print. 


Alex Lukas, Untitled, 2010. Ink, acrylic and silk screen on 2 book pages.


Daniela Edburg, Party Girl, 2007. Digital print. 


P.S. Curious to know more about The Age of Miracles? If you live in Minneapolis/St. Paul, you’re in luck! Karen Thompson Walker will be reading from her novel this Thursday at Magers & Quinn. See you there!



Three Things: Dream Edition III

2012 March 19

It’s Monday, and I’d rather be sleeping. Something tells me I’m not alone, so let’s conjure up some dreamscapes, shall we? Perhaps this time with a certain Belgian surrealist twist? Grab those pens and let the bizarre breeze blow.

(But let’s be honest, now I just want some waffles.)


René Magritte, Golconda, 1953. Oil on canvas. The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas.


Jerry Uelsmann, Magritte’s Touchstone, 1965. Photograph.


Duane Michals, Magritte at his easel, from A Visit with Magritte, 1965. Photograph.