Minutiae

      Ariadne Burke
Minutiae

“Minutiae” is a collection of short stories written by Ariadne Burke. These stories focus on the details of relationships and the emotions of different characters, from grieving parents to an abandoned child.“Minutiae” consists of three flash fiction stories that focus on a greater emotional understanding of humans in multiple different situations. But Ariadne never gives an on-the-nose description of a situation, and instead writes about the details of a conflict — the anxiety of a bipolar man checking out at a grocery store, the baby socks that a grieving father hides away, and the stuffed cat of an orphaned child. By not describing a situation, Ariadne forces the audience to truly analyze the characters and read into what they say and feel, reaching a deeper level of emotion that they might not normally come upon. This collection aims to show that people are always more layered than they seem, and that humans always mean more than they say.
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