In an alternate universe, the FUDGE = FUCK corollary is the highest form of comedy, inspiring fits of laughter from New York City to Los Angeles and all points in between. In Newark, New Jersey, a kid whose father just died is laughing uproariously at this little mouse, and in North Platte, Nebraska, a soccer mom is in a fit of hysterics over the knowing look in Heathcliff’s eyes. In our universe, however, that little mouse is going to get eaten while his mother and a friend watch. Our universe is singularly cruel.
Paul Arrand Rodgers was a contributor to Heavy Feather Review issue 1.1. In addition, his poetry and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Knockout, JMWW, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. Follow Heathcliff Explained on Tumblr, then check out Date with a Wrestler and Fear of a Ghost Planet.