Anonymous 'Magical Realism' Missed Connection Post Gets Published In The Atlantic

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Last week, someone anonymously posted a Brooklyn Craigslist Missed Connection ad. I know, that's not newsworthy at all. Here's the interesting part: the post was not really a Missed Connection.

Well, it may have been a legitimate case of "I saw you, and you saw me, but we said nothing and…", but the lovelorn Q train passenger certainly let his or her creative juices flow (I say "his or her" because, while written from a male perspective and placed in the 'm4w' section, this doesn't necessarily mean the story was written by a man). Chris Heller of The Atlantic has more details:

The anonymous writer, whoever he or she is, framed a fantastical sort of romantic tragedy within this Craigslist post. It's a sad, lovely story in an unexpected place.

I'd call it magical realism myself, but you get the idea: someone used the Missed Connections platform to self-publish a short story. Moreover, The Atlantic reprinted the post in full. So congratulations, whoever you are, you just got published in The Atlantic. On the downside, no one has replied to the post, so if this was a very creative attempt to get someone's attention, well...

Check out the story here, and tell us what you think about the concept in general. Personally, I think this is a cool idea. It's like literary graffiti, fiction narratives in unconventional mediums.

Christopher Shultz

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Christopher Shultz writes weird, dark fiction. His stories have appeared both online and in print, including most recently in Apex Magazinefreeze frame flash fiction and Grievous Angel. In addition to LitReactor, he has also written for Ranker.comCultured Vultures and Tor.com. At times, he dabbles in digital art and photography. Christopher lives in Oklahoma City with his fiancée Lauren and their two mostly well-behaved cats. More info at christophershultz.com.

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rmatthewsimmons from Salt Lake City, UT is reading I just put down 'A Game of Thrones' after 6 chapters....Couldn't do it. August 12, 2013 - 2:03pm

Brilliant, in a way.

I have to say that I actually quite enjoyed that. After seeing so many abbreviations in text and on Facebook, to read something written out and written well, in a medium like that is refreshing to say the least.

Thanks for that.

~RMS

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