Q: What five words describe you?
A: Paying attention while simultaneously daydreaming.
Rajiv Moté’s story “L’Appel du Vide” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 22 March 2019. “L’Appel du Vide,” French for “the call of the void,” is a phenomenon where a person standing at a precipice has the unreasonable, outrageous urge to step out into the abyss. Psychologists have studied this, and found that the urge isn’t suicidal, but an act of imagination that sparks the awareness of being alive. I wrote this story for a …
On Friday morning, the ambient heaviness in his boss’s tiny office threatened to bend Isaac double, and his ears ached from the pressure in the air. The dread hadn’t started with his boss’s unexpected meeting request, but coalesced around it, wrapping the 15-minute block on his calendar in layers of doubt and worry until it shone like a fat, anxious pearl. It had been gathering over weeks. Office doors that usually stayed open were shut. …
Rajiv Moté is a writer and software engineering manager living in Chicago with his wife, daughter, and puppy. He’d pick the superpower of flight over invisibility any day, and the dreams in which he’s flying are the best he’s ever had. He’ll relax at parties only if engaged about wine, comic books, epic fantasy, 80s music, NPR podcasts, or by a friendly dog.
Cover art by Luke Spooner.
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