The Autumnal 2012 issue of Camera Obscura Journal of Literature & Photography has now been curated and will include stories by Tamas Dobozy, David Ellis Dickerson, Anne Valente, Nathan Alling Long, Emily Koon, Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi, Jennifer Spiegel, and Keith Rosson. This fifth installment is due in late August, the perfect time for one of those great American summer road trips, and, if you pick up a copy, you will find yourself in the Orca Motor Inn of Wisconsin Dells where Keith Rosson’s intricate story “Hospitality” unravels:
“The orca is a monolith crafted in plaster. It rises from the roof of the motel, twenty-seven feet from base to snout, its flesh ridged and bumped, flaking paint to show its psoriatic underpinnings. Spattered in birdshit new and old, it has become the physical embodiment of all of Sam’s worries and loathing. It is as if the Orca Motor Inn were some sea that the beast was dissatisfied with. Its once-white belly is now yellowed and cracked, its fins sun bleached gray, it looks less majestic – what his father had presumably been hoping for when he’d built the motel forty years ago – than Mesozoic, something ancient and wrath-like and more than a little scary…”
There are 24 rooms in the Orca, most of which are now unoccupied, but Anne Valente’s archivist has probably catalogued everything that has ever happened in each one of them. “The Archivist” begins:
“Julie Powell: 587,436,974 breaths, from the first choking, light-filled gasp to the last exhalation, a dimmed sigh in the darkened oncology corridor of Lincoln Memorial. 91,467 kisses, a low number, her husband a man who shunned her affections, though Julie made up for this on the side with their part-time maid, a secret she kept until the moment of her death, alongside 44 others: that she’d cheated on a chemistry test in the eleventh grade, glancing over Eugene Harrold’s shoulder, that she hated her mother’s famous lemon cookies, that her husband only made her orgasm twice, though she pretended in shrieking climax more times than she’d been able to count (956 on file)…”
The issue will also include the powerful work of over eighteen photographers to be mentioned in a week or so.
More updates soon…