In this episode, our lovely and larger-than-usual editorial table discusses “Vultures,” a work of fiction written by Alex Pickett.
Alex Pickett recently received his MFA from the University of Florida and his stories appear at Green Mountains Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Bayou, and elsewhere and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is also an associate editor for Subtropics. He has just finished a novel.
In the winter of 2010 he volunteered for six months at a state park in Alaska, which is where he got most of the information for this story. He can be reached at rapickett [at] gmail.com
As our podcast newbie Maureen puts it, “Vultures” fosters a great discussion among our team. We all agree that the characters were natural, and created a “gripping” tension that made us keep reading. Despite the hopeful and heroic ending, we as readers were left contemplating self-awareness, desperation, and a darker view of people as merely predators and prey.
Does “Vultures” get a thumbs up from PBQ? Listen and find out. One thing’s for sure, this one was a “Tuffy!”
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As always, read on!