So, this must be a thing now, right? People collaborating on books. First there was Table WIhout Chairs #1 by the Brian Alan Ellis and Bud Smith and then Camouflage County by the Ryan Ridge and Mel Bosworth, both of which we riffed on at This Blog Will Change Your Life. Great words, and great writers, all. But what does it mean? That in a cluttered market with so many books coming out it's better to combine forces, putting one book out in the world versus two? Or is it a recognition that two authors is two fanbases, and that even with some overlap, more author, means more reach, which is not bad at all. And yet even if all of that is true, and it must be somewhat true, it doesn't change the fact that collaborative work can also lend itself to creativity, innovation and friction, and so in this vein, here we are again with Rift by the Kathy Fish and Robert Vaughan, two masterly creators of flash, trading blows and ideas, unpacking relationships and personal histories, with humor, passion and sadness. The stories come rapidly, compounding, and breathlessly piling-up on another as they culminate in a fractured world of words, life lived and this:
"This is you now, beautiful and vibrating, your arms akimbo, looking like all you want is to break free, achieve forward momentum, catch me, before the world splits apart."
All of which is certain to change your life.