Where else in the blogosphere will you read something that has the tags “Dances With Wolves” and “The Diary of Anne Frank” in the same article? In O’Cuinn’s flash piece on Oblong, that’s where! But let’s not get hung up on his fact; this piece brings us to a meaning bigger than the symbolic events that occur in it.
This piece is about how the narrator deals with a break up by going through an old photo album that his ex decided not to take with her. He goes through the album the way his ex used to read (Dances with Wolves and The Diary of Anne Frank): in a closet. By the end of this story you get the sense that he feels closed off—to his ex, from himself, from everyone.
This piece is the telescope that shows us what it’s like to be overlooked and/or forgotten by a loved one, like an item that in itself creates a lot of memories but for whatever reason is set aside, like a photo album in a closet that will once gather a layer of dust.