I was thinking of disguising myself as the Invisible Man for Halloween this year, but I’m thinking people will see right through it, perhaps also seeing the “[n]othing that is not there and the nothing that is.” Then I thought of going as “Climate Change,” but I’m afraid people will act like I don’t exist. In the end, I’m going to make a somewhat-continuous humming sound throughout the day and call myself “Drone Attack.” I suspect that this will get more attention from many friends and locals and otherwise than actual drone attacks that kill people.
Here is some footage of me in costume:
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.