Flash Fiction #110 (Exactly 110 Words): Clarified

A week after the 9/11/2001 attacks, The Journal of Clarified Culture, an obscure quarterly based in Topeka, hired a new editor: a 23-year-old, right-wing Republican named Randall Sutphin. (No one else had applied for the job.) Soon the journal started featuring articles such as “Whack Iraq and Nuke Iran” and “We Need a New Blacklist, Just for the Blacks.” Controversy resulted, and so did free publicity. Readership increased by 0.6%.

Sutphin resigned in 2008 due to what his resignation e-mail called unspecified “editorial interference.” The journal returned to publishing apolitical content. Today he lives in Abilene, where he writes for the website White Victory. He’s never abused animals, especially kittens.

Copyright © 2021 by David V. Matthews

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