Fiction

San Marzano

“I’m not understanding why they’d want to hire you exactly?”  My husband pokes a hunk of burrata with his fork. I sit across from him in the busy, rustic Italia...

This Christmas

Six months from Christmas, I started scoffing all my lunches and dinners at Reggie’s, the food joint I worked at, where everyone had head lice, despite the stri...

Lessons

My kid busted his lip real good this morning. Hit a crack and flew forward on his face. Do we have to worry about any of that? No, right? It was gnarly. I think...

Punk Adults

Sitting in traffic on 42, Madeline wanted a cigarette. Chloe sang haltingly to “Deceptacon,” her voice dropping in and out of the verses. “Wanna disco? Wanna se...

Skyscraper Man

I get high. It’s what I do. It’s what addicts do, and that’s me.   Also, I’m a ‘sensation’ according to several news outlets and social media account...

Justice

The whole thing, the whole trajectory, changed when I realized I had left all my cash in Des Moines. Most of the cash had come from selling off the few things m...

Five Stars

I fiddle with the lock. The key always jams. I have no idea why, but every time I try to get inside our mailbox, I have the same trouble. I guess I could tell R...

PIT BULL

Christmas eve, Pete Summers was about to climb down the ladder from the roof of Clara Lessing’s home when a large brown pit bull came running down the driveway ...

DANCING WITH ETTA

You would think that something attached to threads moves in a jerky manner that resembles Pinocchio's clumsy walk, but her movements are smooth and graceful, wh...

The Other People

The screams upstairs were distinctly Ivory. “Ew- Dad! Kill it! Kill it!” she cried. “Where is it?” August returned, clunky sigh accompanying. “The bathroo...

You Be Illin’

With the money he'd made from his 23-house Newsday delivery route, Carl had purchased a TV, a VCR, a $400 Centurion Accordo Tour de France Limited Edition twelv...

Between the Lines

After a myriad of meandering meanwhiles, the crux of modern civilization came sharply into focus: lines. More specifically, what lines are, what they can and ca...

Beguilers

The specialist is coming to see me today. I’m told the first session will be a consultation. If I “cooperate” she can do for me what she did for a woman in Tall...