Attributes of Baking Soda

Baking soda absorbs odors. It can be used, thus, as a deodorant. Also: as toothpaste. A poultice of baking soda removes freckles. Baking soda cures everything from an upset stomach to a fractured skull. Some say it’s an aphrodisiac. Others say: amnesiac. Baking soda is a leavening agent, capable of volcanic activity. It is a levitating agent, capable of invisibility. If you are a ghost-tracker, you know that baking soda can be used very effectively in the tracking of ghosts. If you are a crack dealer, baking soda is a lucrative business substitute. Baking soda once served as an anthrax substitute, but that was before there were rules against humor.

Attributes of Baking Soda was published in issue 3.2 of NANO Fiction.

Thisbe Nissen is the author of two novels, The Good People of New York, and Osprey Island; a story collection, Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night; and co-author and co-collagist of The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook. She lives with her husband, Jay Baron Nicorvo, and their cats and chickens in Saugerties, NY.