Table of Contents Grows

November 7th, 2009

As is the case with any burgeoning literary journal, before the first issue is presented to the world, it is almost impossible to divine what aesthetic shape it will take. For that reason, I will occasionally post the progress as the inaugural issue of the Camera Obscura Journal builds. Recently Camera Obscura accepted a short story by René Georg Vasicek, the beautifully rendered “Borsig’s Machine Factory,” which begins:

“Like the drunkard I am stumbling towards the null and void. And I really am drunk…the drunken ecstasy of having failed at life so miserably. It is only when a man approaches absolute zero that life begins to make sense.

I recently turned forty. There is no turning back: the death march to nowhere a certainty. Years spent watching a city destroyed by sameness…the rise of concrete block towers, the demolition of history, the erasure of the human face.

My name is unimportant. It’s enough to know that I am not you. . .”

René Georg Vasicek is a 2009 fellow in Nonfiction Literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His writing has appeared in The Delinquent (UK), Divide, High Times, Minnetonka Review, Post Road, The Prague Revue, Sunday Salon, and elsewhere. He teaches at Hofstra University and Lehman College of the City University of New York. René lives in Astoria, Queens with his wife and son.

Many more updates to come.
M.E. Parker, Editor
Camera Obscura Journal

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