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While he banged away at the hapless corpse, the necrophiliac suppressed a painful bubble of gas. He would not let it escape from his ass cheeks while he was engaged. He knew that it was absurd to worry about flatulence with a stiff for a bed mate – who’s going to complain? But the dead state of his partner actually served to heighten his sense of propriety. The suppressed guilt of his act was played out in a convoluted parody of good bedside manners.

Date Written: December 04, 2003
Author: Phony Millions
Average Vote: 3.4

12/5/2003 anonymous (1):
12/5/2003 Will Disney (4): Well, there's some truth to this one.
12/5/2003 Ewan Snow (4): This is pretty interesting. Having just gone through a long exchange about Brad's shorts, it seems he's changed his style in some ways (though not in others).

1. This is far shorter (84 words) than Brad’s average (320 words)
2. As discussed previously, Brad usually does a little bit of autobiography (or at least biography) as opposed to depicting more cartoonish characters. This seems to have changed a bit, with the protagonist being merely, “the necrophiliac.”
3. The short retains the psychological complexity typical of Brad’s shorts, to a certain degree. Though somewhat cartoonish, the short spends much of its time dealing with the particular neurosis of the protagonist: his embarrassment, he self-awareness that his embarrassment is ridiculous because of the circumstances, and the fact that, oddly, the circumstances only serve to exacerbate his neurosis.

Excellent first sentence. The last few words of the short confused me, though. Does “bedside manner” imply a doctor/patient relationship? To what end?

All in all, Brad, I’d just like to say that I hope that the close analysis/critique your shorts have faced recently doesn’t lead to a fundamental change in your style, which (with the exception of a few obnoxious ones about me) I like a lot.
12/5/2003 qualcomm: The last sentence is strangely editorial, compared to the rest of the piece.
12/5/2003 Will Disney: i think that last sentence is the moral of the story.
12/5/2003 qualcomm: yeah, i think it's neat.
12/6/2003 Phony Millions: the thing with bedside manners - damn! I was trying to remember if that expression is about sexual manners or something else. Now I remember as Ewan says it's about doctor/patient relations. Wasn't intentional. Thanks for comments.
02/27/2005 Streifenbeuteldachs (4): I felt this one.
03/6/2005 deliciousbrains (4): A three rounded up for the almost psychoanylitical "moral". The word "moral" seems out of place in the context.