By John Gabriel Adkins

The weathervane was alive and it was dancing stomping on the roof and I couldn’t sleep and no one could sleep. Dad in his blue pajamas went out to yell at it, and when that didn’t work he shot at it, but it ducked down behind the roof peak and that didn’t work either. All the neighbors came out to look and the firemen came and brought it down a ladder, still kicking and shaking. Mom said we wouldn’t be getting another weathervane anytime soon and she was right.

Bio: John Gabriel Adkins is a Pushcart-nominated writer of microfiction, anti-stories and other oddities. His work has appeared in The Escapist, Gone Lawn, Squawk Back, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Apocrypha & Abstractions and more.

3 thoughts on “Weathervane

    1. Hello to you, too, Mr. Manna! Many thanks for the kind words. I apologize for my late reply — until just now, I wasn’t aware that the piece had been posted.

      As far as I understand the term, an “anti-story” is a story that purposely subverts the prevailing rules of storytelling in some way. For example, maybe it lacks a point or a clear ending, or it defies grammatical custom, or its structure is intentionally broken.

      I’m a big admirer of Donald Barthelme, whose work has sometimes been described as “anti-story” material. Writers like Borges and J. G. Ballard also tend to land in that camp. Probably the greatest of all anti-stories is Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman — a shambling wreck of a book, loaded with invention and laughs on every page.

      I can’t say whether Weathervane qualifies as an anti-story, but I’d definitely use the label for my flash piece The Toothbrush Vanguard, which was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. If that sounds interesting to you, the story may be found online here:

      In any case, I’m very happy to hear that you liked Weathervane. Cheers! -John


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