IF MY BOOK: The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love, Chuck Augello

Welcome to another installment of If My Book, the Monkeybicycle feature in which authors shed light on their recently released books by comparing them to weird things. This week Chuck Augello writes about The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love, his debut story collection just published by Duck Lake Books.

If The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love were a fruit, it would be the apple in the Garden of Eden, daring you to bite.  

If The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love were a true story, the story would be a lie.  

If The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love were a Seinfeld episode, it would be the one you haven’t seen yet.  

If The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love were part of your body, it would be the elbow.  You don’t think about it much but try living without it.  

If The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love were Donald Trump, everyone would relax, because my book doesn’t Tweet.  

If The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love were your grandmother, it would slip twenty dollars in your pocket and thank you for visiting as you walked out the door.  

If The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love were a book, it would be the one you loan to your cousin, who, to your surprise, reads it and gives it back.  

If The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love were a scene in a Friday the 13th movie, it would be the one in which Jason takes off the hockey mask and enters a monastery, because praying is better that killing, and hockey is Jason’s least-favorite sport.  

If The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love were your reflection in the mirror, you’d be pleased with your appearance but wonder where exactly you got that pink striped shirt and those ridiculous shoes.      

If The Inexplicable Grey Space We Call Love were the free trip you won at The New York Times Travel Show, it would be a journey to Bhutan, the happiest place on earth, or so they say.  You’ll find out if it’s true when you get there.  

     
Chuck Augello is the author of The Revolving Heart (Black Rose Writing). His work has appeared in One Story, Literary Hub, The Coachella Review, and other fine journals. He’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. A contributing editor for Cease, Cows, he publishes The Daily Vonnegut, a website exploring the life and art of American writer Kurt Vonnegut.