You really never know when inspiration is going to strike.
Last summer, I was standing in the line at Starbuck’s. I was wearing a pair of shorts and my William Faulker Light in August t-shirt from the Out of Print clothing company.
A man in front of me glanced at my shirt and smirked. “William Faulkner, eh?” After giving his opinion about Faulkner’s works, he shared an anecdote that his college professor had once told him about Faulkner visiting Harvard Square in the 1960s. According to the professor, people looked on in surprise as the author was walking to a bait-and-tackle store that no longer exists.
To be honest, the anecdote wasn’t that interesting. However, it gave me the idea for a stream-of-consciousness piece, “The Anderson Bridge,” which was just published issue 9 of formercactus, along with other great works.
You can check out the piece here. And please consider submitting to them—it’s a really great journal.