A Story to Use and Reuse


At Necessary Fiction, Anna Rowser’s story “Breaking Down” effectively uses the subject of recycling as a metaphor to subtly explore what the narrator wants, needs, uses, reuses, and casts off both physically and emotionally. It’s fiction that makes you rethink what you’ve been throwing away:

Despite her best efforts, she was doing little to hold back that day when there would be no more land left to fill. She imagined a future in which people would have to be buried with all the trash they accumulated in a lifetime, entombed in it. Graves would become landfills, landfills graves.

Tamara Matthews is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor. Visit tamaramatthews.com or find her on Twitter: @writingtoatee. More from this author →