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Existence Costs

4.56 of 5 stars 4.56  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Landscapes of the future, the past and the present blend into a realistic vision of our world where violence, shame and paralysis combine to remind us that our "Existence Costs." In his first collection of short fiction, Brad Simkulet brings together screenplays, short stories, fragments and drama to explore "the infanticidal logic" of our society. This is a world where vi ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 9th 2007 by iUniverse
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Books like Existence Costs end up leaving me speechless. The thing is, it can be easy to read documentation or statistics on atrocities and avoid an emotional response. But reading a work of fiction in which there are no dreadful mathematical details of deaths, injuries, injustice, torture, terror, or other inhuman behaviours, but rather a minimalist evocation of these all the more powerful because of its sparse description and bleak imagery, is wh
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Amber Tucker
Aug 06, 2010 Amber Tucker rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like philosophy or 'thinking' literature
This book has a reputation for depressing content, but I couldn't agree less. Not because it's cheerful; no, yet the compassion with which each and every story is recorded proves that, behind these stories of cost, there exists an unquenchably courageous spirit. That of the author, and that of humanity in all its wondrous, horrendous, and unknowing potential. If you find it 'depression', you're not thinking far enough. The whole thing is very concise, which means there's a lot more considerati ...more
Jul 17, 2011 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michael by: Kim
I guess I should have expected something this thought provoking, but I really didn’t see it coming. From the very get go, I was questioning my life and the importance of existence. I was recommended this book by a friend and since Brad Simkulet was now in our book club on goodreads, I thought it was a good chance to read it. This was a collection of stories and screen plays the really pack a punch, although it is only 95 pages long, you won’t finish it in one sitting, you need to put it down and ...more
First of all... my bro wrote this amazing book and it's not just great because of that!
I'm not sure how to review something written by someone so close to me because I definitely took bits from it that I related to on a very personal level. He has such an amazing way with words and ideas that just draws me into his stories. It's a smart, deep and very thought provoking book.
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Infanticidal Logic = Evolution = Degeneration = Ultimate Death
This book is a call to conscience and to higher consciousness. It’s about violence in society and between individuals, about its horror and costs, and about its inevitability. The fiction is richly fleshed out, and along with the foreword, amounts to a philosophical contemplation worth mulling over.

In one way it seems like an attempt to be a catalyst not only for more social-, political- and self-awareness and change, away from the specter of ever-present violence and aggression, but it’s also a
how could i forget to add this one to my library...forgive me?
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Brad Simkulet has been writing professionally for journals, stage and screen for nearly two decades. He's currently working on a novel. Brad's a big fan of cut-offs, easy listening music and Arsenal FC.
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