and the winners are …
Izzy P will receive the complete (to date) three volumes of the Grub Street Grackle!
Tomas will receive a subscription!
Kateri, Melissa A, and Becca will each receive their choice of any issue of the Grackle (past, present, or future)!
I will send the Grackles to you or a friend of your choice. Skreak about it! Be a bad bird!
To the 25 losers: you took a risk, your chances were good, you elected not to bribe me, you lost. Too bad for both of our sakes.
The good news is that the eye of the Grackle is on you … and you cannot escape! The grackle sizes its prey from afar, looks alternately with the horror of tragedy, the world-restoring laughter of comedy, and the hyperbolic pretenses of mock mock epic; you cannot escape in sleepy back-water towns, littered back-alleys, or the midnight underground where the brotherhood of genres shake hands on their clandestine swaps and bargains over whiskey and a battered deck of cards, for the grackle follows the elusive scent of the ninja on the invisible thread that winds story into story.
In short, you may pay the token fee to subscribe, but in your heart of hearts already you’re an addict, you’ve already committed the crime or whispered the magic phrase, … you’ve taken that whatever secret step that makes you a bad bird as well!