Sunday Knife

Sunday Knife

Look sharp and you’ll notice the groove in the blade, what you call the “ricasso,” which lightens the metal without weakening the structure. I promise you this workhorse will hold an edge and do you proud. It’s item JB 92, “The Gunny,” a genuine bargain at just...
This Place Is a Dump

This Place Is a Dump

My best friend and former lover Mitch hauled his furniture from his brown pickup into the empty side of the duplex I owned. His apartment contained one bedroom, an avocado-colored stove, and an air conditioner balanced in the window dampening rather than cooling the...
Friend

Friend

No person who has never been the cause of another person’s death can understand the plight, which becomes the life, of the person who has. For instance— Let her name be Girl, because she never got to grow up. She stayed a girl (Girl) in every way, and will never...
House of the Animals, Work of the Lord

House of the Animals, Work of the Lord

He comes from many houses. The first was his: the house where things fall apart. The plastic countertops peeled back in sheets. Cabinet faces hung loosely on hinges then fell off completely, half empty cupboards of rotten food, mouse droppings, and moldy contact...
Fedya Davidovich

Fedya Davidovich

For a while now, Fedya had been eyeing the butter dish and finally, seizing the moment when his wife bent down to trim a toenail, quickly, in one motion scooped the butter out of the dish with his finger and stuck it in his mouth. Closing the butter dish, Fedya...