“Forty-two Reasons Your Girlfriend Works for the FBI, NSA, ICE, S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe Division, Men in Black, or Cylon Overlords” (Buffalo Almanack / McSweeney’s)

Read it for free on issuu (pages 11-34) or on the Buffalo Almanack page.

Courtesy of John Gummere for Buffalo Almanack.

Courtesy of John Gummere for Buffalo Almanack.

“42 Reasons Your Girlfriend Works for the FBI, NSA, ICE, S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe Division, Men in Black, or Cylon Overlords” is a short story first published in the December 2015 Issue of Buffalo Almanack.

Winner of the McSweeney’s Student Short Story Contest.

Winner of the Inkslinger Award for Creative Excellence for best of the issue.

Read it for free on issuu (pages 11-34) or on the Buffalo Almanack page.

Also in this issue of Buffalo Almanack, editor Maxine Vande Vaarst and Mary Ann Rivers and Ruthie Knox of Brain Mill Press host a roundtable discussion on “Forty-two Reasons” and my book, Technologies of the Self . Read it on “Woodshop Talk” (pages 35-44 on issuu) or at the Brain Mill Press page.

“Durrani’s writing is clever and current, beach reading for the justifiably paranoid. These are stories about colonialism, neoliberalism, conspiracy bullshit, and a Trumped-out America at the gates of hell, which is why I find it such a miracle that they’ve got so much time for family dinners and high school romances, too. Durrani’s mix of pulp culture, diaspora angst, and world/family history is so precise, I can’t help but think of Junot Díaz. And that’s not a superficial comparison—the writing is there, too. That’s the potential I see.” — Buffalo Almanack

“‘Forty-Two Reasons’ is one of those postmodern stories that is very ‘po-mo for the average Jo,’ that is, entertaining, funny, and heartbreaking in a human way while stretching the short story medium’s possibilities.” — Brain Mill Press