iván BRAVE

Writer

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10 September 2019

I was walking down one of those M.C. Escher stairs, in a museum, when I reached the end. From where I stood I could hear a young boy below, sobbing. The sound wasn’t echoing, as it should have been in such a large space. Fortunately, some of the railing was missing, so I jumped down […]

An open letter to someone who inspires

An open letter to someone who inspires

19 August 2019

Dear Charlie Kaufman,     After an hour of thinking about what to write, I’m ready. Why I am writing this letter is because you wrote two of my favorite movies, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation.   You’re up there with Tarkovsky, Linklater, and Noe for me, but why I write to […]

Notes on recent life lessons

Notes on recent life lessons

11 August 2019

Feel free to fail. You are climbing over a stumbling block. That’s one.   What are other, recent life lessons? Some silly things. I feel like I am holding a hot ginger tea and wearing pajamas as I explain things or muse, like some youtubers I saw recently. But on an unrelated note, why is […]

Who is your favorite villain and who is your favorite hero in literature?

Who is your favorite villain and who is your favorite hero in literature?

8 August 2019

Some months ago, my graduate department asked me a similar question in an interview. Now I’m thinking why not expand a little, let my hands hopscotch over the keyboard a little, improve a little.   I think my answer remains the same: Vronsky and Levin. But, adding some meat to the dish, it pays to open […]

A list of books that inspired my stories or feature similar themes

A list of books that inspired my stories or feature similar themes

25 July 2019

The list, the log   It helps to return on occasion to the list of books you’ve read; granted, if you keep such a list. Remember how in elementary school teachers asked us to keep a “log” of titles and page numbers, maybe a summary? Students earned stars. Parents were happy. And though it might […]

Short: R E F L E X + R E F L U X

Short: R E F L E X + R E F L U X

20 June 2019

With my inner wrist, I wiped the last dregs of vomit from my lips. The sickness was finally gone. Inside that toilet bowl was Bali, my dysentery, was Singapore, our sorrow, yesterday’s night out. I flushed, and washed my mouth, felt healthy. Sam was swinging his head to a song and cleaning his camera lenses, […]

Short: “Lunas и Moons (Un Voyage Fantastique)”

Short: “Lunas и Moons (Un Voyage Fantastique)”

3 June 2019

? To be in any form, what is that? If nothing lay more developed the quahaug and its callous shell                 were enough. Mine is no callous shell, I have instant conductors all over me whether I pass or stop, They seize every object and lead it harmlessly through me. I merely stir, press, feel […]

Deleted Scene: “The Summer Abroad: in Norway”

Deleted Scene: “The Summer Abroad: in Norway”

26 May 2019

The twins left. It was only Morgan and me in the apartment—Oslo ice blue as ever, sweet; distant Earth—we woke up late, scrambled up some sardines for breakfast and sat around all day watching videos on YouTube. There was stillness in that apartment, stillness and the occasional laugh from a funny video. Morgan and I […]

Excerpt from thesis: “First Date”

Excerpt from thesis: “First Date”

23 May 2019

It is as hot as last Sunday. The air smells like sand and seafoam. There she is.   The same waitress works today. She wears an apron, but who cares. Ilya is distracted. He can’t look straight at the woman he is meant to join. He sees her table has an empty seat. He just […]

Excerpt from “Ojos de Malaquita”

Excerpt from “Ojos de Malaquita”

19 May 2019

I’ve realized that there is no point in occulting any more on this page, or any page really. After all, I can always delete the extremes, though I’ll try not to. Yeah. This’ll be the only fully autobiographical work I’ll write. The truest to the details. But for that reason, I do not intend on […]

If you could, what would you change?

If you could, what would you change?

9 May 2019

I hear Alan Watt’s voice talking about not changing anything, because it is impossible. Maybe the way things are are the way things ought to be. Then, I hear Michael Jackson’s voice saying if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change. Wouldn’t he have […]

(Excerpt from “I Am Ana”) Short: “Cigarette”

(Excerpt from “I Am Ana”) Short: “Cigarette”

May 2019

Later that night, Ana walked to the bar to prove to Lindsey that the lighter still worked. She had called the lighter broken. “Fill it up then,” Lindsey replied, with her usual big smile, “and bring it tonight.” The gravity of these words did not escape Ana, who muttered, “T-tonight, t-to UFO?”   “Yes, to […]