My Fiction Now at Eckleburg // Indications

Quick Link to “Indications” at Eckleburg HERE.
While living in a cabin in the northern woods of Minnesota circa 2003, before I went to graduate school, I began writing a novel called Indications.  It’s about a deaf man in New York who’s a dancer and creates a sign language out of dance he calls “Barbara Dansbury.”  His girlfriend, D, is searching the world for an object called “The Indication”:

The Indication (noun) : According to legend, the Indication is an object that the hunter will recognize only upon its discovery. If you are searching for it, you will know it only when you find it. But if you find it and you are not searching for it, you will not know what you have.

I continued working on the novel in graduate school.  It’s about 700 pages, and three books.  The second book, “The Apocrypha,” is told in first person by the silent language of dance herself–Barbara Dansbury.  The novel–my MFA thesis–was bound by Christian Brothers in three volumes, and is now bending the shelves toward the floor and collecting dust in the library at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Ironically, trying to read this book would not be unlike trying to find the Indication itself–you’d have to travel out through the drought-and-thistle-choked hills beyond Oakland, California, find St. Mary’s nestled alone out there in a valley, penetrate through the security kiosk, gain access to the library, find the manuscript somewhere on the third floor, drop it off the second-floor balcony, retrieve it from the grass, and run like hell.

Entrance to Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA.

Fear not, however, because I pulled a chapter out of the novel about D’s search for the Indication and adapted it into a short story.  It has now been published at The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review at John Hopkins University and is as free as no lunch.

It tells the tale of D’s quest to an abandoned house on the Volga River in Astrakhan in search of The Indication.  I hope you enjoy it.

“Indications” by Nick Leither at Eckleburg

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4 thoughts on “My Fiction Now at Eckleburg // Indications

  1. Hey, I love this novel, and spent many happy hours reading it whilst Nikko was in grad school–read it on exercise machines, in bathtubs, and on the road and on airplanes–I remember every jot and tittle of this book–will never forget it–it is full of “INDICATIONS” for our lives–read it and you will remember it, forever…………a work of great geniality, genuine guffaws, and true genius–who could say more?! And now there will be another edition, I am sure, coming Soon to a Womb near You!
    Yrs,
    BD

  2. Anonymous June 23, 2015 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Hey, I love this novel, and spent many happy hours reading it whilst Nikko was in grad school–read it on exercise machines, in bathtubs, and on the road and on airplanes–I remember every jot and tittle of this book–will never forget it–it is full of “INDICATIONS” for our lives–read it and you will remember it, forever…………a work of great geniality, genuine guffaws, and true genius–who could say more?! And now there will be another edition, I am sure, coming Soon to a Womb near You! Yrs, BD Anonymous June 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm Reply

    OOOPS, am NOT anonymous, not moi, it’s Barry David Horwitz, also known as BD, or BAD DOG.

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