"The Storyteller Is Dead, Long Live the Storyteller"
"His Big Break"
In the allegorical "The Storyteller is Dead, Long Live the Storyteller," the protagonist is forever doomed to tell an unwanted story to an unforgiving crowd. The story is a Gordian knot of admirable complexity for such a short piece; its conclusion suggests that stories have a life of their own apart from the storyteller, and perhaps the appearance of multiple storytellers is an illusion. One story, one storyteller, even if names and faces shift. The audience also remains the same, equally hostile and resistant to the storyteller’s message despite a change in venue.
"His Big Break" is indeed ultrashort—a one paragraph vignette describing the fate of an actor willing to do anything for success. Some folks might be pleased with this disturbingly surreal piece, but for me, over-the-top metaphor is neither shocking nor fresh.