by Doug Mathewson
Since they both grew up in Europe, speaking English was exotic and new. What I found they had in common was a fascination with American idioms. Their word choices were often odd. The Polish engineer was astonished at the phrase where were you when the shit hit the fan? I explained to the Czech graphic designer that I wrote a story about this for the Village Voice. She exclaimed in response, “What pluck!”
Doug Mathewson, author of Fiction Class, lives on the Connecticut shoreline and writes very short fiction that occasionally turns into essays or poetry. His current project is "True Stories From Imaginary Lives." He has been published online by PenPricks, Micro-Fiction, Creative Soup, and Tuesday Shorts. His poetry will appear in the March issue of eMuse-zine. Lately he seems fascinated with writing stories that are six sentences in length. More of his work is available at his blog.