James Tadd Adcox

James Tadd Adcox’s work previously appeared in Granta, The Collagist, and Barrelhouse Magazine. He is the author of a novel, Does Not Love, and a novella, Repetition, and an editor at the literary magazine Always Crashing.

AN ESSAY ON BIGNESS by James Tadd Adcox

I am a man who never needs to do what other people tell him to do. I am so much bigger than they are. When someone tells me to do something, I give them a look. It is a calculated look. In this look, I share with them the artificiality that lies at the base of this interaction, and indeed all of our interactions. It is a look that says, “Whatever you might tell yourself about rights and authority, we both understand the physics of the situation. Perhaps, after you have told me to do a thing, I will do…

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