Dana Macy’s stories breathe new life into our vision of what it is to be human. Some hang on the knife-edge of sanity, some are tragic, some humorous.
Her first influence was Julio Cortazar, a 1930’s Argentine writer who portrayed common characters in bizarre situations. Cortazar experimented with illusion—how things are not always what we think they are. These themes emerge in her stories. Four Little Boys, Tsunamis, & Politics seems at first to be about innocence, then becomes another reality with a twist. In Freefall, a woman falls three thousand feet, her parachute fails, a voice enters her head, and she lives.
Kurt Vonnegut, a contemporary influence, wrote on the madness of the human condition. Macy's stories are at times, a pointed commentary on society's apocalyptic leanings--as in her One-Act Play: 500 Light Years Away—Orion and the Sisters of Pleiades play in a galaxy far away, watching as fate plays its hand on Planet Earth.
Dana Macy studied Philosophy & East-West Cultural Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and earned a Master of Communication degree from Utah State University. She lives in Ojai, California with her partner, their sweet Rottweiler, and a monster of a cat.