Trout Fisting In America

I picked up a copy of Brautigan’s Trout Fishing In America at Goodwill back in February—I thought my son might enjoy some of its hippy dippy whimsy—and at one point I looked down and misread the title as Trout Fisting In America. Suddenly, I wished I was buying a book with that title instead. I imagined what might be inside it—what a great title, what a great framing device to dig through the sick & twisted parts of the US psyche.

Like most things I write, because it doesn’t already exist, I’ve gone ahead and started writing it myself.

So I’m writing these 1000-1500 word vignettes, each one about a particular aspect of US life that embodies the violence & stupidity & slow psychological death that comes w/living in this society.

I’ll be posting a new one every Tuesday until we reach 50. Feel free to e-mail with requests, rebuttals, or retribution at scott_creney@yahoo.com.

#1 – Introduction

#2 – Donald John Trump
#3 – The Military

#4 – The Letter E
#5 – Syria

#6 – Drugs

#7 – Pets

#8 – Sleep Deprivation

#9 – Empathy

#10 – Capitalism

#11 – Questions

#12 – Meritocracy

#13 – Failure

#14 – Death

#15 – Psychedelics

#16 – Divorce