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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…


“Santa Monica Chicken Hawk,” “Creation,” “El Tres de Mayo,” and “Up from the River”

Santa Monica Chicken Hawk Twink, twink little star Suck me off in my car Take your twenty Go away I’ll be back next week Same day. Creation This kid…


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…