Iowa Writes

from Ryan Seacrest Is Famous

Burns has become concerned about his skin. There are lines forming along his eyes, smile marks on his cheeks. They are light, but he can see them setting, like cracks in concrete.

From the TV glow and the glossy pages of US Weekly, Ryan Seacrest's face looks smooth and unworried.

"Why all this concern, all this effort, over Ryan Seacrest?" It is the internal voice, his superego or conscience, whatever, the awareness he carries around like a backpack full of Bibles. Unfortunately, it speaks, has always spoken, in the voice of Colonel Klink from Hogan's Heroes. Burns is reflective, and he has been using, or hearing, or channeling this voice since he was a child. He wishes it wasn't Klink, but he could no more change this than the scars on his knees or the fillings in his teeth. "Is that what you wish?" Klink asks, "to be Ryan Seacrest?"

About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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Dave Housley's Ryan Seacrest Is Famous was published in 2006 by Impetus Press, an independent publisher based in Iowa City. Founded on a mountain of contempt for mainstream publishing and a dislike for the rigid constraints of experimental presses, Impetus Press began with the desire to bridge the gap between experimental and commercial publishing.

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