Literally Reruns, Short Fiction

Literally Reruns – Authentic by David Lohrey

Ironic contrast and compare fiction is easy to conceive but tough to deliver. Thus Authentic by David Lohrey is a piece that underscores its own name. The story is simple enough but the author deftly captures a moment and lets it go unharmed. It’s a little thing, like a hummingbird, easily damaged if handled without care.

Q: I believe that if you went any further that the story may not have held its center. Please describe the choices you made during the piece’s composition.

Q: I’m from the Puget Sound region. At one time there were hundreds of tribes in this area. Farther north several tribes (the whaling Macaw come to mind) seem determined to hold onto their culture. But around here the assimilation is almost complete. Do you believe that with the allure of Western culture’s appeal to the young that the traditionalists are fighting a losing battle because everything they hold dear seems to exist only in the past?

Leila

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David’s responses:

Q: I believe that if you went any further that the story may not have held its center. Please describe the choices you made during the piece’s composition.

You are right about that. I felt I had to tread carefully. There is an element of mockery that I worked to avoid but the story is in fact about the inauthentic fetish of authenticity among the consumer classes. I was inspired by my trip to Australia where I visited an art center that sold boomerangs made in China to tourists. I piled on details, as an initial choice, and avoided commentary. I had recently been in Arizona so I used my own trip to the Grand Canyon through Navajo country.

Q: I’m from the Puget Sound region. At one time there were hundreds of tribes in this area. Farther north several tribes (the whaling Macaw come to mind) seem determined to hold onto their culture. But around here the assimilation is almost complete. Do you believe that with the allure of Western culture’s appeal to the young that the traditionalists are fighting a losing battle because everything they hold dear seems to exist only in the past?

I am not sure. Perhaps I am not able to answer but regarding my own culture I think we are entering a phase that parallels that of native Americans. That is, we, too, I think are moving into a museum culture where only the past has validity.  Especially back home in the US, nostalgia seems to have replaced vitality and invention. We are moving very fast toward where many native peoples end up. It just seems to evaporate so fast.  Take Greek and Latin. Take the Classics, take Americana…it seems to be forgotten or under assault. Not just culture but institutions. It strikes me as being nearly gone and whatever is emerging seems hard to define. 

Authentic

6 thoughts on “Literally Reruns – Authentic by David Lohrey”

    1. I love this Reruns series in the first place and I like the questions very much. In truth, I am always sort of winging it. As a result, my writing has improved. I used to think and plan and nothing came out. My answers should really be that I have no idea, thankfully. But I do like reflecting after the fact. Wonderful exercise, very helpful. Thanks.

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  1. Hi Leila / David,
    Love the questions Leila.

    David, interesting answers but I’m going a wee bit off topic.
    I wondered if this was your first story for us and I looked back. It wasn’t but it was the first year that you appeared. You had three in a row, your first was ‘Das Capital’ on the September, then ‘Why Kurosawa Couldn’t Get Funding’ October and then this one on the November. What I found so interesting is that it was 2017!! I didn’t realise that you went so far back with us.
    I think that just goes to show that your work is always fresh and interesting and each story has something to consider. That is what makes your involvement feel as if you are just here.
    I’ve used the word interesting as has Dave Henson (And with the way that guy writes, he should know!) – I would urge anyone to look at your work. Now whether they enjoy it or not, well, we all know that is a personal preference but there is one thing about you my fine friend, you are a damn good writer who never bores!!!
    Hugh

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