“My Boyfriend’s Name is Jello,” Avram Davidson, 1954

“My Boyfriend’s Name is Jello,” Avram Davidson, 1954 – A feverish man listens to the jump-rope song of three “Weird Sisters” outside his building, children who seems capable of inflicting or curing disease through their chants.

Comments: Read in The Road to SF: 4.  Presents the “weird” and archaic as intermingling with the commonplace.  Stream of consciousness narrative that showcases Davidson’s talent.  His first published story.

Author: Wikipedia: “Avram Davidson (April 23, 1923 – May 8, 1993) was an American writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche… The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says ‘he is perhaps sf’s most explicitly literary author.'”  See also Steven H. Silver’s review of Davidson’s fiction and Joshua Cohen’s review in The Jewish Daily Forward.


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2 Responses to “My Boyfriend’s Name is Jello,” Avram Davidson, 1954

  1. Todd Mason says:

    Not Davidson’s first published story, but his first published fiction outside the Jewish press (iirc), including such notable magazines as COMMENTARY (not yet the rightwing organ it has been since the latter ’50s).

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