The Abnormal Width of Normal Heights

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The Dictator's Ringtone (a short story)

I am waiting for my father. No matter the urgency, he makes everyone wait. I am no different than everyone, ...

If I Make it to Eleven (a short story)

Today I’m finally gonna do it. I’m gonna kill Frank, my stepfather. It’s exactly thirty days since I decided I ...

The Early Daze, Part 21 (the final chapter)

Having returned from the reading at The CAST, which went from exhilarating to extinguishing in the span of ten minutes ...

The Early Daze, Part 20

In a state of beer plus antihistamine, on a stomach empty as a dry tank, I wrote my monologue in ...

The Early Daze, Part 19

It was a sold out theatre for the monologist from New England via Manhattan. I had recently devoured Gray’s book ...

The Early Daze, part 18

After laying me off, Frank Moe made sure to remind me to apply for unemployment ASAP. I appreciated his concern, ...

The Early Daze, part 17

The moment I knew I had no future at M.G. Electric (not that I craved a long one) came the ...

The Early Daze, part 16

Tommy left the TV on his desk the entire week, and it was tuned to the war every second. Orders ...

The Early Daze, part 15

After my night out with the Hank and the other guys, when I’d smoked too much pot and drank too ...

The Early Daze, part 14

It was supposed to have been a night out with the warehouse guys. But it had toked into a night ...

The Early Daze, part 13

“So Hank pestered me into agreeing to go out with the guys on Friday night.” I said this to Karen ...

The Early Daze, part 12

“What’s up with you and your lady?” Hank asked me as he climbed onto the pallet that I’d just scooped ...

The Early Daze, part 11

“What’s up, Cool Daddy-O?!” Tommy, the shipping/receiving clerk, gave me the nickname during my first week at M.G. Electric. Long ...

The Early Daze, part 10

As I sat across the desk from him, squinting through the fumes of his Tanqueray and tater-tots lunch at the ...

The Early Daze, part 9

Fortunately, Mr. ESPN play-by-play man turned out to be a nice guy, and he was entertaining from the moment he ...

The Early Daze, part 8

I’m jumping ahead here for a stretch because spring training has just begun, and baseball is in the air. In ...

The Early Daze, part 7

When J and Quinn moved in together late in the summer of 1990, my time on Ward Road was over, ...

The Early Daze, part 6

After I took the job hauling electrical supplies in a stake-bed truck, Karen and I maintained a silence for almost ...

The Early Daze, part 5

As the 1990’s rolled in, Karen and I, like almost everyone else we knew, had been captivated by the political ...

The Early Daze, part 4

It’s odd to think of how much different it was looking for a job twenty years ago. For decades, millennia ...

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