Mark Budman

Mark Budman
May 31
Mark Budman was born in the former Soviet Union. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in such magazines as Huffington Post, World Literature Today, Daily Science Fiction, Mississippi Review, Virginia Quarterly, The London Magazine (UK), McSweeney's, Sonora Review, Another Chicago, Sou'wester, Southeast Review, Mid-American Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, the W.W. Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, Short Fiction(UK), and elsewhere. He is the publisher of a flash fiction magazine Vestal Review. His novel My Life at First Try was published by Counterpoint Press to wide critical acclaim. He co-edited flash fiction anthologies from Ooligan Press and Persea Books/Norton. He is at work at his novel about Lenin running for the president of the United States.


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APRIL 11, 2011 11:11AM

An Open Letter to Esquire

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I sent this letter on February 21, and am yet waiting for a reply. It surely looks like that I shouldn’t be holding my breath.

Dear Editor,

If ‘austerity’ is named Word Of The Year 2010, why do you keep advertising $150 ties, $500 shirts, $2000 suits, $10,000 watches and $50,000 cars? What is wrong with a $25 shirt and tie, $300 suit and $300 watch? They are as functional, and as for attractiveness and comfort, it’s in the eye of the beholder. After all, the median household income in this country is $52,020, which leaves no room for a $50,000 car. Even for a man who makes twice as much, it still doesn’t compute.

We all like to dream and some of us dream with our eyes open. Nothing is wrong with the dreaming for high revenue, but in the times like this, people should have loftier and more spiritual goals than a $300 overnight bag.

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