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May, 2008

Lives of the Artists



Fiction

Lives of the Artists In the morning Robert lies in bed watching patterns made by the sun on the floor and laments his predicament. Why did he have to be born at this moment in history, when all the good ideas were taken? Things were easier a hundred years ago. All you had to do was paint a tie on…
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The Man Who Could See Radiance



Fiction

The Man Who Could See Radiance Before he saw radiance, he saw the way we all see.  He saw his wife Rachel as threatening or contributing to his equili¬brium; an irritation or, sometimes, someone he loved so that touching her was like touching the source of all metaphor, making his mind gasp and his mouth open.  It’s not something he…
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Bohemian Letter #1



Fiction

Dearest Eva, Do you remember, love, the summer night we spent in my uncle’s chalet off Como, when we thought we heard a ghost in the parlor?  I know now that it was a ghost, and, I tell you, we will never go back there. The fighting is mostly in Spain and Portugal at the moment, but they stationed me,…
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Where They’re At



Fiction

Where They’re At Joshua Furst They’re everywhere, these kids: Seattle, Milwaukee, Reno and Austin, New York and LA and Chicago, Atlanta, they congregate wherever there’s urban ruin; Rochester, Pittsburgh and Springfield, Mass, if they thrive anywhere, it’s in the rubble left behind departing industry; Lincoln and Boise and Mason City, they’re as likely to linger in small towns, Oshkosh, as…
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Fruit Salad



Fiction

Dale Peck Fruit Salad Men aren’t meant to be young, said the man who’d given his age as thir—forty-one. He shrugged off the false start, smiled slightly—small, borrowed, theatrical gestures that said, Had I been planning to lie? Or had I merely forgotten? He was two years into his fifth decade but not so long versed in saying it aloud.…
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