French Paperclip? Seven Positions? Hmmm . . .
Updated: Aug 30, 2020
Moss Piglet, a zine produced in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has published in its July issue a piece of flash fiction called "The French Paperclip," by author and Mill board member, Michael Hopkins. The July issue's theme was music, and Hopkins has written many music reviews in different publications over the course of his writing career.
The story concerns a visit to a musical instrument store and the protagonist's conversation with a store clerk about Frank Zappa and playing the trombone (or French paperclip). The clerk relates that 100 notes can be played on the trombone from seven positions of the slide, which he compares to, ahem, well, read the story to find out (move the slider to pgs. 46-47).
(image of trombone by FlamM and used under CC license: FlamM / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/))