A Fifth Woman

A Fifth Woman

One day in the alley outside my apartment there was a party. Four women and one man were drinking from a brown bag. I watched them from my writing table, through my fingers like a mask. Earlier I had been watching them through my scarf fringe, and before that I...
J. and Me (Jim)

J. and Me (Jim)

The year before I received a black belt in Tae Kwon Do at Indiana University, I spent time studying La Boxe Française in Strasbourg, France. Classes were held in an odoriferous university gymnasium. The instructors did not have mustaches nor wear tights, but it is...
Violence

Violence

When she said time, she meant her grandmother’s mink coat, still torn from the formal dinner wars, holding its breath under the clear laundry bag in a dark closet. The woman went missing for three days. She and her husband had been talking from either side of the...
A Knight in Shining Armor

A Knight in Shining Armor

Alexei Alexeivich Alexeev was a genuine knight in shining armor. For example, one time, seeing from a passing tram how one lady, having tripped over a flower pot and dropped a glass lampshade for a table lamp out of her shopping bag, which immediately shattered,...
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Sounds unspooling from the stereo. The sky low and gray. A bit of futuristic windmills here, a homemade billboard there (HELL HAS NO THERMOMETER), over there a stretch of satellite dishes and soybeans, and over there deer after deer, facing the green grass of the...
Back Among the Superheroes

Back Among the Superheroes

Davis pushed the buzzer and waited. When the catch released he pulled open the heavy glass door. In the elevator he ran a hand through his hair and rolled his shoulders. He straightened his posture, made himself as tall as he could. Jens and Vera lived on the seventh...