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Unlikley Stories mourns the loss Kurtice Kucheman, who was so instrumental in the development of this site. Please consider his work on this site, his obituary, or our editor's tribute to him.


Unlikely Books celebrates our two new in-print releases, Beautiful Rush by Marc Vincenz and #specialcharacters by Larissa Shmailo!


Ethan has nowhere to go
a multimedia exhibit

photo by Jeremy Hight


"Ethan has nowhere to go"
by Anonymous, based on the missing short story by Jeremy Hight
Anonymous's "Ethan has nowhere to go" is a simple computer game based on Jeremy Hight's story. It runs on PC-compatible computers, and is available free here at Unlikely Stories: Episode IV.


"Ethan has nowhere to go"
by Aaron Avila, based on the missing short story by Jeremy Hight
This is a collaborative piece with all elements created entirely for this work. Lauren Henny created an impressionist song to go along with the piece. She assisted with certain elements of the cinematography. She is also the lady acting in the film. The bulk portion of cinematography and all editing was done by Aaron Avila. He can also be seen acting in the film. He directed the film and dissected both the text and song to create something completely new from both.


"This Is"
by Alan Bigelow, based on the missing short story "Ethan has nowhere to go" by Jeremy Hight
"I replaced every word in the story with the word 'word.' I took the lines of his story, compressed them, and formed the phrase 'THIS IS A STORY.' I threw in some touch/mouse interactivity (with some help!). I added some visual backgrounds that seemed to suggest the nature and history of narrative. Our lives have an infinite number of permutations. So do stories."


"Ethan has nowhere to go"
by Keith Higginbotham, based on the missing short story by Jeremy Hight
iii. capital
class, the vague
absence undead ranted shoe
door paper around lawns
I was a metal poem


"Ethan has nowhere to go"
by Alexandra Naugton, based on the missing short story by Jeremy Hight
her catafalque» a quiet kitchen table covered with notebooks scrap papers ringed with coffee spills» anointing idioms with balms» ash she studied dead words made places on their graves» tended to them
a quiet kitchen not visitable any longer she sat.


"Ethan has nowhere to go"
by Jason Nelson, based on the missing short story by Jeremy Hight
Jason Nelson's interpretation of "Ethan has nowhere to go" analyzes the connections between phrases and key words in the story, through dynamic graphical charting.


"Ethan has nowhere to go"
by Vera Lucia Pinto, based on the missing short story by Jeremy Hight
"Recordó que no estaba allí
parecía imposible salvarse.
Un avión penetran el cielo con violencia
dejando vestigios de nubes polvo."


"Ethan has nowhere to go"
by Johansen Quijano, based on the missing short story by Jeremy Hight
"The purpose of the game in the early stages of Ethan's life attempts to re-create a sense of repetitive drudgery where everything comes down to similar boring tasks being carried out day after day. The game then attempts to convey the sense of struggle and hopelessness that the Ethan of the story must have felt as he wondered America from job to job, homeless, with no hope of success, and running away from himself."


"Nowhere"
by Anastasia Salter, based on the missing short story "Ethan has nowhere to go" by Jeremy Hight
"Nowhere" re-imagines "Ethan has nowhere to go" as a platformer in which the player, as Ethan, is complicit in the slow elimination of the community around him. The text of the story is reduced to a short poem that repeats at the center of the screen, providing an internal monologue as the player guides Ethan towards the inevitability of an empty landscape.


"Ethan has nowhere to go"
by Matthew Sherling, based on the missing short story by Jeremy Hight
"take me somewhere as someone else. the airport is expanding.
the TV is nice too but is a coward,
& my father cries quietly sometimes just looking at it when no one's speaking.
my mother is forever a simply-decorated backyard."


"Ethan has nowhere to go"
by Brian Vann, based on the missing short story by Jeremy Hight
Brian Vann's interpretation of "Ethan has nowhere to go"> takes camera input, meausures change, then uses that change to make bricks that get in the way of the little word fishes.


"Ethan has nowhere to go"
by Scott Davis, based on the missing short story by Jeremy Hight
To create this piece of glitch art, Scott Davis added the text of "Ethan has nowhere to go to the code of a white PNG image file.



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