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books about books

I’m reading Nelson Algren’s “Notes from a Sea Diary: Hemingway all the way,” and came across this brilliant nugget in the story entitled, “July 14th Raft of a Summer Night.” Algren was wailing away at editors, publishers and critics regarding so many classic books being out of print, yet so many of those same classic’s […]

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conversation between cousins

“Four days before dontcha know she’d cut herself,” my cousin paused through the phone. I could hear the phone scratching on something, his face, shoulder, while he was knocking at something with his free hands. “You know. Slashed her wrist.”
“Oh yeah,” was all I could think to say.
“Yeah. I mean, that’s the only reason I married her.”
“I thought your son introduced you.”

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dirt does smoke

I was digging through a Tupperware container full of shake when I found something that looked like knocked off dirt from a boot tread. It was about the size of a fingernail, geometrically smooth and even along two parallel sides, but broken off and crumbly on the other two. “What the, how did this get […]

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