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Freezing Peaches

Issue No. 270 ~ November, 2019

Joel and Mindy stand at their kitchen sink, peeling peaches for freezing. They place the deep red and gold slices in glass jars that will be filled with a light syrup. These are Red Havens, classic peaches that are perfectly ripe the first week in …

We’ll Raise Them For You Wholesale

Issue No. 270 ~ November, 2019

Like everything else included in having a child, it happens fast. Probably because most people wait twelve weeks to announce, leaving the interested parties about six months to get contracts signed. Ryan found this out the day after he and his wife posted the announcement …

The Golden State

Issue No. 270 ~ November, 2019

The Department of Motor Vehicles in California is a great equalizer. It has no race, income, gender, or sexual prejudices. It treats everybody miserably. What happened to this state? Rising rents, astronomical home prices, traffic congestion, homelessness. I remember growing up in California in the …

Funeral Dysfunction

Issue No. 270 ~ November, 2019

A funeral was not the place for an erection, especially the funeral of one’s mother. Simon knew this. He knew it so well that he imagined hellfire consuming his balls. Pubic hair for kindling. Unfortunately, this did nothing to change how attractive the undertaker was. …

Drugs

Issue No. 269 ~ October, 2019

My psychiatrist shoots dope. He returns from the bathroom with his shirt sleeves rolled up. I can see where he stuck himself. He should do a better job considering, at some point in his career, he had to have injected patients. Poor patients. First committed …

Alan and Alexa

Issue No. 269 ~ October, 2019

“One might say that the ancient right to take life…was replaced by a power to foster life, or disallow it to the point of death.” — Michel Foucault, “History of Sexuality, Vol. 1.”                         …

Wednesday

Issue No. 269 ~ October, 2019

The door was locked but a sign pressed against the pane read ‘OPEN’, so I pushed my thumb against the buzzer and waited. The window-display – a mass of objects arranged over dark, velvet-covered blocks – was as crowded and glittering as a city skyline. …

An Ellipsis

Issue No. 268 ~ September, 2019

Morgan picked me up in a borrowed car. She called it Bella. Bella wasn’t pretty. The bare trees slipped fast by the passenger window. I had flown straight from my last gig at a festival in Arizona into the pit of winter in the northeast. …

The Movie

Issue No. 268 ~ September, 2019

The movie came out on a Wednesday. By Thursday, the majority of kids at school were talking about it, and by Friday, everyone was.   “Best movie of the year,” said Tubby Newton.   “Best movie of the decade,” said Sam Winn.   “Best movie …

A Long Marriage

Issue No. 268 ~ September, 2019

We live together in a museum, she and I, where the artifacts are us. We are like old bits of rock, pressed flowers, tattered letters and cracked pottery. We go to bed as relics among relics, noting each other’s antiquity. Have we any collectors’ value? …