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12/24/06 at 08:05 AM by AbsoluteINK

Anton Chekhov, arguably the greatest short story writer in the history of the world. It was when I read The Lady with the Dog in 10th grade that I knew I wanted to write. Chekhov's understanding of the relationship between men and women in that story spoke to me. He knew love and circumstance, how they complicate each other. It never mattered if 10 people read it or 10 million people, I only wanted to write for the possibility of making someone experience the same kinship I felt with Chekhov's Gurov character.

It wasn't too long after reading that story that I discovered a band from Eudora, Kansas called The Get Up Kids. They too, had a profound understanding of men and women. Their music gave me the same kind of feeling that Chekhov's stories had. I got to college and it wasn't a strange sight for me to be holed up in the corner of the campus library, listening to Four Minute Mile and reading a story such as The Bear. The two helped me to appreciate each other in a deeper way and both were a gift in times when I wasn't so sure of my place in the world.

Absolute Ink was started with the intent of bringing the community of Absolutepunk.net the bond that I felt between music and literature. Here you will read stories that should be assumed fictional unless otherwise noted, but contain universal truths and realities that anyone can relate to. My goal is for this to be a creative outlet for me, for you, for us. I envision guest writers from signed and unsigned bands to contribute. I want you, the Ap.net user, to submit your work. A great story can change a person's life. No matter if its origins are the cold and gray of Russia or the wistful plains of Kansas.

Russ Hockenbury
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