Be Weird!

By John Flynn-York

I read George Saunders’ short story “Sea Oak” the other day. (It’s in the Barcelona Review—read it here if you want to avoid spoilers.) It is deeply weird: the main character works at an aviation-themed male strip club called Joysticks (of course), there’s a television show called How My Child Died Violently, and the main character’s grandmother dies and then returns as a zombie with psychic powers. She sits in a rocking chair and issues orders to her grandchildren while her reanimated body falls apart.