Nothing You Are Is Not A Commodity

Mulitiples  At first I thought it was a project from Home Economics, a subject that you would think had long been phased out of the college curriculum by 1989, but it was still offered at mine. My friend Liesl had once made a formal skirt for her sister […]

Glaze by Alan Kennedy

I was going to take a break and have my lunch at De Angelo’s where there’s a special on Wednesdays 11 am to 2 pm, but then the lieutenant and some men carrying paper bags show up, and I have to change plans.  The lieutenant tells me I have […]

Lost Sleep by Batya Shevach

Petach Tikvah – Central Israel Rachel lay awake in bed wondering who would come home first. Though her four oldest offspring were married and settled, her three youngest were all teenagers, and so she still couldn’t sleep any better than when she had four in elementary school and […]

Family Tree by Emma Harper

It was 2009 so one really couldn’t be picky when it came to most things. Lauren’s first job interview was with a man who went by Hamlet and carried a small, thin barber’s comb and a different news clipping from the same November 18th, 1984 New York Times […]

From the Ocean View Motel by Henry Marchand

You’re entitled to surprise. I’ve won no awards for outstanding achievement in personal correspondence, and I have been especially remiss in regard to you. No cards on holidays or your birthday, no postcards though I’m quite the traveler, certainly no letters. You could count on me for not […]

One Headlight by Molly Bonovsky Anderson

Maggie Hawk, a horse-faced stripper with a blunt cinnamon bob, stuck a steak knife in her knee-high boot. The knife came from Kristy’s kitchen drawer, and before that—Perkins. That was our thing—I stole ceramic mugs and Kristy stole cutlery. Between us we’d stocked our dorm for a thousand […]

Herbie by Jane Hertenstein

“Isn’t that the guy who tried to pee in our closet?” My husband and I were sitting outside Wrigley Field waiting for Bruce Springsteen to take the stage. “Who?” I asked. Herbie had been dead for a decade—or at least I thought.