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Friday, March 18, 2011

The Trap by Ross A. Martinek

I have a friend who is a “small business person.” I happened to remark to her that I have a profound antipathy toward the business mentality. “I don’t like business people,” I said.

She immediately asked, “Do you like me?”

My reply was a very definite, “Yes, I do.”

“Well, I’m a business person.”

As the exchange concluded, she made the distinction between a business person and a corporation person—a distinction I had not really made until she brought it up. This caused me to consider the distinction, and especially why I did not make it. The answer is what I will call, “The Trap.” Corporations are a symptom of The Trap—they fell into it so long ago they have forgotten everything except the essence of The Trap.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Short-Story Contest -see hyperlink

"Call for entries: The Writer's 2011 Short-Story Contest

The Writer is pleased to announce its 2011 Short-Story Contest is open! Once again, we're partnering with Gotham Writers' Workshop to bring you this contest, which offers great prizes to the top three finishers: