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TECHNICOLOR COWBOY by

The only things I’ve ever learned about loyalty, compassion, or real life love I’ve learned from folks with gnarled up hands and backs that don’t lay down right.More

Life in the Plague Times

Life in the Plague Times

The Guiri Journals by

It is a sunny day in Seville. From where I sit on the balcony, the street looks mostly empty. Through the windows you can still hear private people having private lives.  Everything is shut. Somewhere a dog barks. 5,700 cases and counting.More

Dreams Exchanged

Dreams Exchanged

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An immigration agent will finish off what industrial automation started.More

Good Luck, Harriet (Not That You Need It)

Good Luck, Harriet (Not That You Need It)

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“Look, it’s complicated, and you wouldn’t understand.  Don’t ruin our fledgling friendship with too many questions, Jack.  It’s all so tedious.”More

Mermaid and Seaworm

Mermaid and Seaworm

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She said her hair was red as blood, and he said it already was the color of a penny and he liked to picture it the way it was.More

Hollywood Hologram

Hollywood Hologram

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First of all, let me congratulate you on your big day. All things considered, I hope it was a joyous affair. That said, on behalf of everyone at Hollywood Hologram, I would like to extend my sincerest apologies for the unfortunate “incident” involving our product at your wedding reception. More

Two Stories

Two Stories

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There was so much left to do and I got a feeling like I used to have in my twenties that goes, let’s do this. It’s not necessarily a good feeling, but it’s stirring.More

The Invitation

The Invitation

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What’s the matter, afraid of commitment? That seemed harsh, and completely unnecessary. But I don’t even know you, I said. Then why did you sit at my table, she replied. I didn’t. You came over to my table and handed me a cup of coffee. Then you sat down.More

Heroes

Heroes

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Pernell thought about the day Lindy got blown to hell and he stood abruptly, nodded to the other men and walked out. A sure giveaway that he was hiding something. But weren’t they all?More

Wesley Browne

Wesley Browne

BULL Interview by

I deal with people in awkward situations, crisis situations, bad situations of their own making, all the time, so I’ve learned a lot about human nature. I’ve also learned a lot about the way people lead their lives when they hope nobody’s looking. I represent people who break the law. They tell me about it because it’s privileged.More

A Father’s Counsel

A Father’s Counsel

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Well, the revolution made Karim fatherless all his life. Now the coup made him lifeless. More

The G. I. Joe Christmas

The G. I. Joe Christmas

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no boy I knew would call G. I. Joe a dollMore

Toward a Happy Culinary Life (Notes)

Toward a Happy Culinary Life (Notes)

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At the final word he looks sad, perhaps recalling his first love (jam), but his observation lingers across the sticky plastic table and your children, at once, come to a realization that all is not right in their world. That their parent is either a liar or, worst, fraudulent.More

Letters from a Dead Planet

Letters from a Dead Planet

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Is it possible to fall for a lime-green flyer thumb-tacked to a wall? Head over heels, the saying goes.More

Barmaley Fountain

Barmaley Fountain

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In his mind, he goes to a place where he holds the hands of his school chums as they laugh and run in a circle, a snapping crocodile at the center of their daisy chain of limbs. His cousin, Elizabeth, just misses losing her black shoe in the snapping jaws and the children laugh. More

Will You Completely, Eagerly, Hungrily Devour me

Will You Completely, Eagerly, Hungrily Devour me

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I reach for your hand, but you pull away, sweat splattering across the ground. You shoot me a questioning look and I pretend to read about how ostriches don’t actually stick their heads into the ground. It shouldn’t be a big deal. But it’s hot and I hate the zoo. Maybe, I should just smileMore

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