Faye Brinsmead

Faye Brinsmead’s work appears in MoonPark Review, The Disappointed Housewife, The Ekphrastic Review, and other places. She completed a PhD in philosophy (which had nothing to do with Baudrillard). She lives in Canberra, Australia.

FISHSPLAINING BAUDRILLARD by Faye Brinsmead

The robo-guppy came in a tank with LED lighting, soothing ocean sounds, and coral reef background wallpaper. Proven stress-buster, Bernie said, handing me the box. There was some study in some journal. After 10 weeks of fish-watching, 75 percent of the subjects flushed their anxiety meds down the john. I took this as a hint he didn’t want to hear any more about writer’s block, impostor syndrome, the library’s overdue loans policy, or anything else connected with my PhD on Baudrillard.  He looks sinister, I said. Those mean little eyes. Must be in on the techno-gadget revenge plot. I took…

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