New fiction at Ekphrastic
by Adam Reger
One of my favorite all-time stories, “Mr. Critic,” is now online at Ekphrastic: Writing and Art on Art and Writing, a cool literary magazine focused on the arts.
I wrote the story during graduate school and it’s undergone many iterations since that time (including dwindling from a ridiculous 50 pages to its current, more reasonable length). It’s told from the perspective of an art critic following an artist-provocateur whose specialty is upsetting installation work. There’s also a conservative-columnist character, possibly slightly reminiscent of a real public figure, who enters the story to complete the love triangle. I love this story and its characters so much, I’ve written two sequels and have a weird hybrid novella-in-stories chapbook planned, if I can only find a publisher who accepts chapbooks of 50-60 pages.
Anyway, please check out and enjoy Ekphrastic and “Mr. Critic.”