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Days of the Weak

Seven days without kindness makes one weak, and those weeks make me think about drafting a petition to change the days to James Joyce’s perhaps far more accurate naming of the days in Finnegans Wake, that is, to the following: Moanday, Tearsday, Wailsday, Thumpsday, Frightday, and Shatterday; but I don’t want to use his proposed stand-in for Sunday: “the fear of the Law.” Any ideas?

  • John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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