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The Metamorphosis

Lately Kafka realized he should probably feel good about his name.  In the puppy mill his name had been number 543.   For years, he’d  been uncomfortable about the fact that George, the tall man with whom Kafka now happily lived, had named him after a long-dead writer who was famous for writing a story about a man who’d turned into a cockroach one morning.  Smuggles, a neighborhood German Shepherd with a missing ear, had grinned derisively as he informed Kafka of this fact.  Kafka sometimes found cockroaches on the kitchen floor, and ate them before they could scurry back under the stove.    They had a rather bitter taste that he  didn’t care for.  He also really didn’t like their saucy attitude.

But this summer, when George came home from work, he and Kafka often sat out on the stoop in the sultry evenings, and George read the Metamorphosis aloud  from an old Modern Library edition that actually smelled kind of like cockroaches.  George told Kafka that the bug Gregor Samsa turns into is a giant nameless beetle, not a cockroach.  He said the story is about a sad man who is alienated from conventional society, his work, and his family.   Kafka found, that like George, he could totally relate to Gregor, and sharing a name with such an imaginative writer as Franz Kafka gave him a new sense of pride.  At that point, George seemed to read Kafka’s mind.  He looked into Kafka’s eyes and flashed him a warm understanding smile.   It suddenly occurred to Kafka that Smuggles was a really stupid name for a dog.

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In Anna Dibble's studio: Kimberly Wang of Eardog Productions
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