The Birds

The Birds

  Human beings ought to emulate the birds. Every millisecond on TV is a birdbrained lie. And I love TV very much so I can say it. A soothing mixture, pain and plenty. The average American spends 500 hours per year in disbelief. The rest, in ennui. Once upon a time, we...
Milwaukee Was Ugly

Milwaukee Was Ugly

             It was light gray.          My father was the mayor.          I never wanted him to die.          You would have loved my dad.          He would have bought you a drink.          He would have brushed up against your tits.          Exactly the type of man...
Mrs. Burnside

Mrs. Burnside

          So I wanted it to be for the masses       but it was just for one or two of us.       I intended to give her the box with the bow       on top but I left it at the airport.       They say the most dangerous place to put       your hand, germ-wise, is the...
The Agents

The Agents

Agent 5 is a sleeper agent. By that I mean he’s a Russian citizen. Or a citizen of the country I will make his home in the book. Agents 6 and 7 are his closest colleagues. Sleepers, too, but 6 can speak Spanish. He’s one of those men who knows what to say or not say...