Bruno’s father spits out parts of his stomach to show that he does not like his food.
Bruno’s father is covered with thick fur. Bruno’s mother weaves heavy blankets from
Bruno’s uncle is one of the workers. If they should raise their arms, their harnesses
would fall off, but they never raise their arms. Bruno’s uncle is also a father, but his son is
a manager. Sometimes when the factory is slow, Bruno’s cousin sees a worker who is
going the wrong way. He aims at a spot near the man and when the stone strikes the
ground, the man is frightened and runs back the other way.
No saddle is needed to ride Bruno’s father for his great quantity of thick fur is easy
to hold on to. But sometimes Bruno’s father tells his creature jokes and gestures wildly
like a bucking horse and Bruno trots along behind.
Some of the mothers gather at Bruno’s house to make children. They offer each
other stories of the future achievements of the children they desire and believe if they
speak with enough conviction, the children will arrive to fulfill their dreams. The mothers
bake bread in the shape of newborns and it is said the most perfect loaf will start that
child on the way as it is eaten. None of the mothers has a window or a chimney.
When Bruno’s father swears, he often disparages the hole in his bottom or the
fertilizer, which issues from it. Sometimes Bruno’s mother makes Bruno’s father stop
speaking of this. Bruno’s father refers to this as a time of drought.
As Bruno gets older, he carries many things on his back. This leads Bruno to notice
that the things, which the river carries on its back, it often takes to its bed. Perhaps I can
learn from this river, thinks Bruno.
But the smart fathers know that water runs downhill and if you could cut straight
through a river with a huge knife, you would find another river. This could be very
difficult to convey to the sons.
Bruno sleeps downhill from his father. He hungers for a father’s comfort. He has
never been a river. He has no knife.
By staying home when his father goes out, Bruno is learning from his mother to
make children. Bruno’s fur is almost ready for blankets. By milking his mother’s
dreams for knowledge, Bruno may discover how to navigate his life without a huge knife.
Perhaps he could teach this to his father because if you cut straight through a son with a
huge knife, you would not find another son. This could be very difficult to convey to a
If Bruno is truly grown up now, he could father his own mistakes.
Fiction. Modern Abstract Fables.
(First edition, hardcover with dustjacket, 524 pages, $36.50 USD.)
Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days draws from fairy tales, a condescending of a 1938 Social Studies reader for 6th grade, an 1890 handbook on marital compatibility, numerous annoying educational advancement studies, the myths and legends of third-world countries and minority peoples, pulp fiction, a history of carnival side shows, folktales, frequent conversations with Crows, Owls and a wide variety of underground inhabitants, insects and the people who collect them, Joseph Cornell, Günter Eich, Russell Edson, the French Surrealist poets, the Quay Brothers, letterpress printing, and the author’s inability to channel his imagination linearly.
Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.