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29 September 2011 @ 10:54 am
FK Recommendation September 2011  

What's Good?  This month, I am thrilled to get to spotlight annlarimer's landmark "Knighty-Knight, Nick" (1996, G, ~1K) in the recommendations project.  Read it aloud (really).  This sparkling retelling of the cancellation experience in the style of a children's picture book is silly and snide, nostalgic and grieved, rousing and defiant.  It may make you cry; it may make you write.

     They all lived in a television show, and even though a whole lot of real people loved them enough to make them real as well, Nick and Nat and Don and LaCroix and Janette belonged -- lock, stake, and barrel -- to a whole lot of people in suits and neckties.
     Now, as everyone knows, every time you put on a suit and a necktie, the necktie chokes away a little bit of your soul. And the people who owned Nick and Nat and Don and LaCroix and Janette had been wearing neckties for years and years and years, and hardly had any souls left.

By the way, the "Amy" mentioned is amilyn, not me, and yes, this is the second "Susan's Birthday Story" recommendation in a row, extending that memorial.

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What's New on FKFic-L?  August brought six stories by four authors to the list, all from [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest.  September so far has seen three posts by one author. 

(As a reminder, FKFicFest players are invited to add their stories to the FKFicFest AO3 Collection by year to help more readers find their work.  There are FKFicFest stories on the AO3 that have not been affiliated with the collection; of course that is up to each author's choice!)
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greerwatsongreerwatson on September 30th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Now how did I miss this little gem? I did read it aloud, and it was well worth it.
Amy R.: Sunbrightknightie on October 1st, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
>"Now how did I miss this little gem?"

I had not thought of this piece in several years; amilyn reminded me of it. I found rereading it quite moving. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

(I've heard that there is footage somewhere of Susan reading it aloud at a con.)

Ann is better known for her visual art than for her writing. She drew the covers for Susan G.'s indispensable Dorian the Archivist zines, and also for the outstanding Three of a Kind, one of my personal favorites (but alas unavailable online; it was the first of the four that Susan donated to the GWD Fan Club for charity fundraising in paper zine form only).

Edited at 2011-10-01 04:29 pm (UTC)