The Day the Music Died

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Sam, a college freshman, is taking a shower, getting ready for class, when he finds out about the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
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About Gabe Gott

Gabe Gott lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife and their many pets. He has degrees in English from Kent State University and The University of Akron. His short story collection and first novel are both self-published and available online. Currently, he has two flash fiction stories in Insomnia & Obsession 4, and he has previously been published in Red Fez, Flash Fiction Magazine and 50-to-1. He also contributes stories to the Akron-based (music, art & culture) magazine, The Devil Strip, and is about to release two flash fiction chapbooks (the first, "The Ever-Present Moment," on Sept 2, 2016).

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Review by: PJ O'Brien on July 7, 2015 : (no rating)
Writing about a traumatic event isn't easy to do. There's a balance to strike between allowing readers to be emotionally involved without sliding into melodrama and hyperbole. This very brief story dances in between the two a little better than the blurb might lead one to think. It describes a reaction that I hadn't yet come across, but I wasn’t on a college campus during 9/11. But, it feels true to the setting and the characters, and I've yet to find someone who can truly describe the terror of perceived danger in a way that suppresses the snarks of sarcasm, born (one hopes) out of sympathy for those who are genuinely in danger. And frankly, I’ve decided that every attempt to understand the feelings of others is to be commended, even if the way the feelings are played out are less noble than we imagine ourselves to be. So this story, which I've just read on the tenth anniversary of UK's 7/7, does well enough to bring to life the human need for the company of others during trauma, and the equally strong desire to escape it.
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Review by: Hobbe Noxious on July 6, 2015 :
Life is a roadside ditch we can't quite seem to climb out of. Strong start, steady middle, but sort of a cop-out ending. Spoiler: sex makes everything better.

If you'd included more hallucinogens, the story could have almost been Hunter S. Thompson-esque.
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Review by: Kevin Lokten on July 5, 2015 :
A well told descriptive story about a young man who hears about the WTC disaster while having his morning shower. What follows is the conversations between his fellow dorm friends and their thoughts.
I enjoyed this short read.
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