Mused, the literary magazine of the Bella Online site, has a new issue up today which includes my very short play (one might say sketch) entitled "Book" which is a comedy. I found it helpful to add that label after a couple of rejections. A sense of humor is not always a portable currency. I noticed again during Burn After Reading that many people need to be cued that it's all right to laugh. I can't help it. Even at the worst of times (perhaps especially at the worst of times) I can laugh easily (and often inappropriately -- odd things strike me as funny, I have to admit).
The play deals with that sense of unease, the way many people feel hesitant to claim authority when it comes to judging literary worth. As always, check out the rest of the issue which includes an interview with Berkshire artist and star of Indiana Jones movies, Karen Allen, as well as fiction, art and poetry. It's an honor to be one of the selected pieces for this quarter (and softens the rejection also received yesterday). You may recall that Mused also published my play, "Bell" (can you guess what the third piece will be called?).