The Prince

The Prince

  It took Sophie a while to remember the title, but she did. It was The Trials of Life. Their father had recorded the show back when VHS was still a thing, hand-labeling the tapes so Sophie and Christine could watch them in the summer. It was different from the...
Lifeline

Lifeline

You. Are old. Admit it. Evidence abounds. Your cell phone, for example. Fat. Red. Trills a jaunty greeting. Young people snicker. You, more often than not, fail to recognize the sound. Today you are chained to the phone. Your cell, the young would say. You’re like...
One of the Days I Nearly Died

One of the Days I Nearly Died

When it was happening I was alone. I didn’t think of my wife, of how her and I suspected she was pregnant (she wasn’t, but by the time the period came we’d both said a brace of big ugly honest things that had made the other think, These big ugly honest things you’ve...
Betty, an Alternative Version

Betty, an Alternative Version

Betty who always threw the money away but kept the cards. What I mean by she threw it away is that she gave it to me. What I mean by she gave it to me is that I stole it. Betty who didn’t care that she lived with a thief. Betty who told me this on our walk across...
Nearest

Nearest

  In the approximate center of our bed my wife folds her brother’s shirts and his washcloths, and she asks me what I think one sees inside men’s heads. I haven’t seen much, I tell her. But the truth is I once saw in my own head a cottage I used to inhabit in Faro...
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