Girls Girls Girls

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  Elkie trusts Don absolutely. He’s a cross between a boyfriend and a father, though Elkie knows boyfriends and fathers aren’t supposed to be the same thing, and he’s not at all like a regular client. But then one Sunday … Read More

The View from the Necropolis

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  The officials have asked us to redo the museum: walking through the ruins of the Greek settlement, they poke at the stones with their feet, render instructions to me without looking up. I stand at a remove from them, … Read More

You’ve Got to Be Good to People

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  Florian Davis was hit by a truck on Monday at 3 o’clock; she was just crossing Main Street. That’s what everyone said: “She was just crossing Main Street.” They said it as though it would have made sense to … Read More

Mastermind

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  It was the fall the NFL players went on strike, asking that their wage scale be calculated as a function of gross revenue—a demand the team owners recoiled from as if someone had upended a pitcher of urine across … Read More

Seventeen Things about My Friend Farzana

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  1. Farzana is even more beautiful than I remember. The girlish softness of her face has sharpened into angular maturity, as though someone reached under her skin and adjusted her cheekbones to sit higher. She dyes her hair with … Read More

Vibiana in the Half-court Set

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  Callie and I were thirteen the summer of ‘87, the summer the Los Angeles Lakers won the World Championship. During the school months, we were required to wear the Saint Vibiana uniform, only the purple and gold of our … Read More

The Spectrum of Wonders

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  It was 1987, and I was eighteen years old. My parents made me get a post-graduation summer job in the cafeteria of the local college, a liberal arts school founded in the 1800s by a religious sect I’d never … Read More

Vibiana in the Half-court Set

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  Callie and I were thirteen the summer of ‘87, the summer the Los Angeles Lakers won the World Championship. During the school months, we were required to wear the Saint Vibiana uniform, only the purple and gold of our … Read More

The Floatplane

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  There were all sorts of holes in Moriko’s story, but for $4,000, it wasn’t my place to point them out. She claimed to be an art dealer with works that she wanted to return to their rightful owners—an indigenous … Read More

The Watchers

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  Zakir could not recall when or how he first caught sight of the watchers. No more than a silhouette on a rooftop, a pair of knowing eyes in a passing taxi, or a waxy face peeping up through a … Read More

The Worm

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  You won’t have heard about what happened to my brother. Not on the news, certainly. With things on like wars and hurricanes, the news doesn’t have much time for stories about young boys—their small miracles, their small disasters. I … Read More

Receive Us Every One

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  And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and … Read More

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