Category Archives: Fiction

A Missionary

A Missionary

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“He put the needle in place at the tip of the empty pen and used his lighter to melt the plastic around it, until the pen gripped the needle in black folds like lavamore

The Nazi Method

The Nazi Method

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“A man my age who lives with his mother, it’s trench warfare. It’s every goddamned yardmore

Rimer’s Boots

Rimer’s Boots

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“It was light-lifting, you might say, and if you worried that you were engaged in anything illegal, you could always rely on your ignorance to see you through, or pass any lie detector testmore

Moonman Stories

Moonman Stories

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“Because it’s winter and the pond is frozen like glass and there’s the hard press of atmosphere and the air turns white with snow falling through the orbit of his faraway home.more

Apocrypha

Apocrypha

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“A couple of grown-up crack babies, crazy as hell. The third one has an air about him like he doesn’t belong down here, like he ought to be pulling that suitcase through an airport in Vegas or Miamimore

Respect

Respect

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“Everyone was watching, at that point. I was watching too. I should have intervened, because animals on the playground—dogs, cats, snakes, even raccoons sometimes—it happens a lot.more

Head

Head

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“He was aware of the physical world, but from a distance, as if he had plunged into a deep hole. He no longer conceived of either his hand or the receiver; he only sensed, wordlessly, that a distant part of himself stood in contact with an object, and that object should be used for destruction.more

Catfight

Catfight

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“There was a small chalkboard with over/under odds written across the top. If he got through all thirty-four cats in ten minutes he won seven thousand dollars. That was the dealmore

Drunken Pony Blues

Drunken Pony Blues

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“Say you have a recurring nightmare where you see jets, planes, all manner of flying machines, and all of them crash. Eventually you come to understand, even while asleep, that any machine in flight is going to disintegrate in a fiery ball before your eyesmore

Charlie’s

Charlie’s

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“I’ve stood on top of mountains and I’ve been inside of Charlie’s at two p.m. with the rest of the dregs. That girl crossing the street, the bleach blonde who’s seen better days? She’s taken a piece right out of memore