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This is one of his favorite memories of her. He’d just got off the elevator on her floor, was going to ring her doorbell. He had a key to her apartment, which she’d given him a few weeks before—two months after they’d started seeing each other—but it still didn’t feel right using it if he […]
On Learning, Late in Life, that Your Mother Was a Jew Methuselah something. Somethingsomething Ezekiel. —Albert Goldbarth So that explains it, you say to yourself. And for one split second, you confront the mirror like a Gestapo operative— narrow-eyed, looking for the telltale hint, the giveaway (jawline, profile, eyebrow)— something visible […]
* For my grandparents: Jimmie and Arlie Robitzer * Buzzy had a Volkswagen Bug that Shecky Freeman sold him for $380.00. There was a hole the size of a saucer in the floor of the backseat. When Louise turned in her seat, looked down at the hole and watched the grey and brown road […]
THE BUS STOP PARK Of all the crazy things I’ve seen along the path that hacks the corner off the bus stop park, a plot of die-hard ivy beneath a gingko tree where bits of colored glass shimmer like jewels the forty thieves have dropped, this one takes the cake. Trust me; I’ve seen some […]
He worked for a long time as the skipper of a fishing boat out of Alaska and when I knew him he was one of those almost old men you meet from time to time usually in bars that have gone from pleasant to seedy when you weren’t looking; the type of man who was […]