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Blackened Lights Please…Draw Curtains

“Alliances with the devil often manifest themselves in virtuosic mastery of an instrument.” An angelic young girl with winning good looks and a extraordinary talent for tickling the ivories; physically has all the potential a parent could want for in a prodigy in the making. Couple that with a fearlessness, curiosity, and a thirst for … Continue reading

Tick Tick Tick BOOOOOM

“Without thinking further, Diaz lifted his left leg and scrambled over the jersey wall. There were only a couple of feet between the curved concrete of the wall and the solid white line of the shoulder. He hewed to the wet, narrow space, absorbed the rush of air from passing cars time and again, ignored … Continue reading

New Yorkers Are People Too

” ‘ What other bands were you with, hon?’ The tired ostrich spoke slowly.   ‘I was with The Fuck Yous, and before that I was with Spontaneous Inventions,’ I spontaneously invented. ‘I knew the Fuck Yous from the Bay Area about ten years ago,’ the acoustic guitarist mentioned. Aside from her seam of holes, … Continue reading

You Won’t Like Me When I’m Silenced

“I always had this feeling that there were two worlds. The one we live in, you know, just streaming along, future into present into past, recorded distortedly in people’s minds, and this other world: stock footage. Small integers of life, I mean life in quotes, which represent whatever did take place, whether or not what’s … Continue reading

Love In Silence And Full Throat

“She died in my arms saying, “I don’t want to die.” That is what death is like. It doesn’t matter what uniforms the soldiers are wearing. It doesn’t matter how good the weapons are. I thought if everyone could see what I saw, we could never have war anymore.”  Children in books or movies that … Continue reading

The Trouble In Getting In Where You Fit In

“But what about her uncle? She had so little to go on, practically nothing of any substance, and yet he loomed so large over the entire household. He was a mythic creature, a legend. It was impossible to imagine him as the father at a wedding. Dancing? Rejoicing? He slipped out of all the scenarios … Continue reading

Till Death Do Us Part

” ‘Negative thoughts back you into a corner,’ her mother said to her, smiling, one afternoon after returning from a picnic with the baby in Flushing Meadows Park. ‘They multiply and surround you. Don’t think of what you don’t have. Try to focus on the simple pleasures.’ It was rich, this spouting of shibboleths, this … Continue reading

2 & 3 & 4 & 1, Er & San & Si & Yi, Step, Rock, Close and Pause – Welcome to Mambo

“While everyone else was teaching, I went to an unoccupied corner and started going over material I had learned that day. For the first time, I felt as if I might have a chance to actually be good at something. Like Godmother said, nothingness was the beginning of the universe.” Charlie Wong is a twenty-two-year-old … Continue reading

I’ve Been Everywhere and Have Seen Many Things, Man. And There’s Only One Thing You Should Know…

“He knew then what was so awful in his visions, what gave them their power to terrify, to torment – to make his life seem so peculiarly hollow all of a sudden: they were true. That fragility he had seen, the mortality, the vulnerability – they were everywhere. It was no great revelation that everyone … Continue reading

Unapologetic Briskly Walking Contradictions and the Obtuse Tourists in Their Way; I Love NY

“Being unattractive is much like being black, Larry thinks: one makes you a second- class citizen in the world of business, the other a peon in the world of romance. The only difference is that there hasn’t been a civil rights movement for the nondescript and homely people of the world, the short, the bald, … Continue reading

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