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The Yard Man

Greg knew that his neighbor Pete was always worried about his house getting robbed, even though they lived in an upper middle class suburb. There had…


The Ring of Gyges, Part 2

VI. “The headband?” Adam said. “That’s not a ring, and besides, I just lost it. I can’t find it anywhere.” “The line between fact and fiction is…


“Before Everything Went Down” and “Remembering the Dead”

bEFORE eVERYTHING wENT dOWN I watch the flies outside bzzing around eating out rotting dead cat rubbing their legs together fucking like tiny…


True Love, Part 3

VII. Ken woke up to the familiar scent of his own bed. He groaned weakly and tried to sit up. Instantly he heard the zip of a wire and he was sprung…


“Exile on Washington Street,” “Like Winter Into Spring,” “The Brotherhood of Night Drivers,” and “In the Valley of Zero”

Exile on Washington Street The collected mass bays for blood. “Kill him” and “Crucify him,” they sing through assorted smiles. This is no ordinary…


A Hair’s Breadth, Part 1

I. “Mu….m! Mu…m!” a little voice cries out from the backyard. But apparently mum is busy on the phone, in the living room. It’s her husband calling…


“Traffic Jam,” “Cash Machine,” and “Getaway Car”

Traffic Jam a white sail hitch-boat floats up [outside my rolled down windows] in front of me [a canary-yellow Honda] pumps the brakes as we work…


The King of Taps

In McDowell, West Virginia, birthplace to the King of Taps, the company houses built by U.S. Coal and Coke held an inch of breath between them. One…


Parole and the Path to Enlightenment

As Breezy walked through the 16-foot-tall mechanical iron gates, he felt the weight of steel bars, razor wire, and 120-year-old bricks fall from his…


30 Birds: “Eel Dogs ‘Til Stupid” by Jun. 27

I. Don’t encourage me. Life right now in NYC is NSYNC on repeat. The first piece of music I ever owned was the album No Strings Attached by NSYNC. I…