My story “The Junk Artist” is now online at Daily Science Fiction.
It’s set in the Jaffa flea market – and I think this picture just about sums it up!
There were two sea stars in the rubbish that morning.
They lay on the ground alongside an opened tin of pickled gherkins, two paperback books with the covers torn off, a bunched-up newspaper with last week’s headlines, an empty box of tampons, and a chair missing two of its legs.
One of the sea stars had one corner broken. Both were about the size of a palm. Joshua picked up the unbroken one. It fit almost perfectly in his hand, and felt warm from the sun. He admired the sea star’s colours for a moment, moving his hand gently from side to side, watching how the surface of the star caught and reflected the sunlight.
“The Junk Artist” to Daily Science Fiction. A story set in the Jaffa flea market…
So yes, I’m planning on submitting my series of Jaffa rubbish photos to the Turner Prize. It seems just the thing.
In the meantime, here’s the latest entry in my quest for ever more interesting junk.
Another of my photo series of trash around Jaffa. That cat looked very happy there…
I snapped this one outside of the Old City a few weeks ago!
I tend to write in rag & bone men into my stories – Alte zachen is the Yiddish term still used in Israel – as you can see from this photo, they’re not yet a dying breed!