Teaching Notes for Thousands of Shredded Scraps of Paper Located across Five Landfills, That if Pieced Together Form a Message
Use in the classroom to discuss: segmented narratives; internal structures; furtive performances of the personal; speech acts; codes; trickster figures; paper as material object; first-person narrative strategies; the weight of witness; (state of) being down and out; observation and surveillance; political critique; conspiracy theories; living in late-stage capitalism; automation; relay races; place as repository of memory; place studies; regionalism; literature of the mountainous West; Tuba City; "America"; basements; factories; daiquiris; tubas.
Pairs well with Weird Weeks, The Movie My Murderer Makes Season II, What I Remember of my Love Affair with the Bird & Other Stories (forthcoming).
Thousands of Shredded Scraps [...] by Samuel Rafael Barber
At the Tuba Manufacturing Institute of Tuba City, Arizona, reporter Guadalupe Rivera investigates institutional malfeasance and arson. At cemeteries and saloons, reporter Guadalupe Rivera drinks down daiquiris and rye. What was said into the liquor-drenched tape recorder? What happened at the race track? In Samuel Rafael Barber’s Thousands of Shredded Scraps of Paper Located across Five Landfills, That if Pieced Together Form a Message, the local color can intimate but never say. Guadalupe Rivera offers you the relay baton. Run where the radio frequencies hum with something stranger than a numbers station. Run where the Atomic Energy Commission cannot catch you. What awaits you there? What scraps can you catch?
Samuel Rafael Barber lives in Denver, where he is a PhD candidate in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from Chicago Quarterly Review, DIAGRAM, Green Mountains Review, Passages North, Puerto del Sol, The Rupture, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. According to life expectancy tables, he will live another 55.1 years.