Alexandra Kleeman not only composed the story “Hollywood Snow” especially for HENRY, but devised the conceit of its complementary video.
The footage emphasizes Kleeman’s thematic fascination with “appetite”–erotic and otherwise–as an impulse often magnified to grotesquerie and inclined towards violence. Consumption, absorption, and parasitism threaten individuality. They confuse authenticity, rendering “fake weather” and “the weather we only wish was fake” indistinguishable.
Distinguished as a Ph.D candidate in Berkley’s rhetoric department, and holding an MFA in Fiction from Columbia, Kleeman has published in The Paris Review, Conjunctions, and Zoetrope: All Story, among others. She is currently completing her first novel.
Hammering the white bread was enough. Shooting it with a semi-automatic would have been overkill.
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