Habeas Corpus: An Analysis

I’ve posted another short story on Wattpad, this one almost entirely lighthearted. It was my immediate response to learning the premise of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. “I can only imagine,” I said to myself, and “Habeas Corpus” was the result of that imagining. To my surprise, when I no longer needed to imagine and actually read Gilbert’s book, I found my story eerily prescient—both conceptually and thematically. “Habeas Corpus” is, as its title suggests, a reflection on what it means to have a body and to be subject to its desires. The story is about Carol, needy and impulsive, whose wish for a kind of transcendence is thwarted by her own choices and, more pointedly, by the preconceptions, judgments, and impulses of the men she encounters. It’s also a gentle satire on the language of self-help and personal growth. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I hope you will have as much—or even more—fun reading it.

About martinrowe

I am the co-founder and publisher at Lantern Books, and the author, editor, and ghostwriter of several works of fiction and non-fiction. I live in Brooklyn, New York.
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