Welcome Ron Pullins. You might remember that Synkronciti nominated Ron’s story “Clocks::Corn” from our “Hidden” issue for Best of the Net last year. He’s back in our new issue with “Interview at BurgerRoo,” a delightful tale of a gentleman stepping away from his desk job to apply as the night manager at BurgerRoo, the local restaurant where he picks up lunch every day. His joy in producing something “real” that people can eat and thus find sustenance is ritualistic, almost religious, in fervor. The sentiment is one that many can relate to in these post-pandemic days, even if it seems wonderfully absurd to find fast-food workers doing a soft-shoe dance in praise of a burger and fries. Our world has become so virtual (though certainly not virtuous) that creating something for human consumption is an enchanting and quaint idea. A master at creating atmosphere and tone, Ron draws you behind the counter with a dry sense of humor and bit of spectacle.
Experience this whimsical short story in Synkroniciti’s “Ritual” issue, Vol. 4, No. 1, available now. Subscribe or purchase the individual issue here.
Ron Pullins is a retired publisher, the founder of Focus Publishing which published books on theater and the humanities and is now a part of Hackett. After over thirty wonderful years managing the company, working with over fifty delightful authors, publishing over 130 titles and selling gads of books every year, he has fully committed himself to writing plays, poetry and fiction. Formerly from Kansas, Ron now lives in Tucson, Arizona.