Kinder Surprise’s Holy Trinity

by Olfa Alouini



Olfa Alouini is a French economist and diplomat currently on a sabbatical year in the Middle-East. She holds a double Ph.D. in Macroeconomics from Humboldt University Berlin and Sciences Po Paris. She is also fluent in German, Italian, Arabic and Russian. More impressive is the fact that she cannot tell right from left, ever. That’s why she’s usually all over the place; so are her writings.


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What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Kinder Surprise’s Holy Trinity”?

Ok JCCA, here you come, pressing me for more. So I hope this three-step trip makes you tick:

1-BRAINTEASE. I’ve come to remember my childhood state of mystification and obsession with the Kinder Surprise commercial when writing ‘Don’t Follow Gravity, it’s a Trap!’, an autobiographico-philosophico-pop essay (yet to be published!). I was looking for a compelling illustration for my claim that while reality is elusive, truth can be found…in contradictions. It also saved me from going into Leibniz’s ‘Monadology’, which was a sweet relief. #toying_with_ideas

2-EYECANDY. Another childhood obsession compelled me to enter the JCCA Triptych call for submission in the middle of a sleepless night: The Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych by Hieronymus Bosch. Discovering this painting, I also discovered the word triptych. For hours on end, I would trip soberly (ok, I admit I was high on sugar all the time back then, courtesy of my dealer Ferrero) on the tiny whimsical, decadent or sadistic creatures, trying to figure out my favorite one. Writing this, I’m wondering what it would be like looking at the painting on LSD. #eye_chocolate

3-BODYFUEL. Some of my favorite electronic music is made by a trio of Italian mind-fucking geniuses called Triptease (do check them out and thank me for the eargasms later : https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/triptease/biography). Last summer, at a festival, as I got unbearably exhausted, drenched in sweat and famished from hours of non-stop compulsive dancing, one of them surprised me with some Kinder chocolate. His neon spandex leggings kept me from falling in love on the spot. #surprises #sore_eyes


Congrats to Christopher Allen for having a work from HOUSEHOLD TOXINS being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.

New titles available from Robert McBrearty and Tori Bond.


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now OPEN. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period closes December 15, 2019; submit here.


11/04 • Douglas W. Milliken
11/06 • Alouini, Olfa
11/11 • Janiru Liyanage
11/13 • Francine Witte
11/18 • Pamela Painter
11/20 • Margaret Madole
11/25 • Nancy Stohlman
11/27 • Kelsey Englert
12/02 • Tara Campbell
12/09 • Foster Trecost
12/16 • Janiru Liyanage
12/23 • Tanner Barnes
12/30 • Caroline Firme
01/06 • Meg Eden
01/13 • Daniel Galef