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Cracking Up

I’ve suffered from panic attacks most of my life, some self-induced and some not.  It was Regina’s 35th birthday party. We drove up with our…


6 to 6: Grocery Day

Francisca Verdugo needs to go to Food City. I’m a few minutes early, so I sit in my cab and wait for her to come out. The sun shines down on the big…


Sub Neon

A languid summer’s rain pours from the sky. The evening advances, the temperature drops, the neon glow of Sixth Avenue adds an illusion of warmth to…


Etymology and Extracts

ETYMOLOGY // Supplied by an idiot tourist who / in the grip of a yearlong concussion / during which he had to learn to speak again / got it into that…


The Ring of Gyges, Part 1

I. WHACK! WHACK! WHACK! Seymour Stackhouse was disciplining his son Adam under the watchful eyes of his wife, Beth. Adam was lying in the prone…


Television

The girl came to his door with a doll in one hand. She wore thick black glasses. When she arrived on his front step, she was neither crying nor…


True Love, Part 2

II. Ken had been teaching for four years now. He had two high school student lovers undetected. His record as an educator was excellent, senior…


“Springtime on the Costa Blanca,” “Kirstie Girl,” and “Just Landed”

Springtime on the Costa Blanca Where does one stand? Sunshine follows rain as hot follows cold and warm comes cool. Like a woman’s mood swings during…


Darien Disaster 2

Crouch left early, chauffeur-driven to Tocumen in the dark. A half hour later, dawn blued up with tropic suddenness along the San Blas coast and a…


Recipe for Cut Motherhood

Take one soulful, loyal best friend: Spot, the family dog, a mostly Beagle mutt with black and brown spotted white fur, a twinkle of compassionate…