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Ordinary as Milk

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The weather was cold and wet, and all day the crowds had been thin in the ten-in-one tent. Up on their platform, Fern and Rose sat on a wide threadbare chair, flanked by a pair of saxophones on stands.


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Everybody screwed up their faces, struck out their arms, stumbled and groaned. Panik-Udo knocked his heels together and shot up his right arm, Dr. Strangelove-style.

The Inheritance

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And her mother’s question, ‘why do you take a paternal view, seeking to update those who came before us, when it is we who are the children of them’

Like It Was Her Place

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At least some restraint was necessary.

A Death by the Sea: excerpt

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I began to imagine the shadows, so rectilinear, were arcing and flowing. I saw shoulders moving, the sinewy upper shoulders of wolves running in a pack. . .

Arroyo Vista

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In some parts of town, people are not allowed to grow vegetables because of the plutonium used in the Lab. Three local parks were recently found to be contaminated.


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Mina stumbled and fell headlong into her apartment, smacking her knees and palms on the hardwood floor.

First Lives

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There are some, I am told, who never see the dead, though I am as yet unable to believe it.

Side Effects

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The women slumped and walked loosely in tired, overused dresses; the men stumbled after them in wrinkled Italian suits, goggle-eyed and braying like lost princes, licking coke from nearly empty baggies as they plodded on.


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One of the runners was collecting bags of dead animals to bring back to the van. Nicholas looked inside one of the bags, but all he saw was a stringy mess of fur and tissue. The runner grabbed the bag from Nicholas. He shrugged and said "hammers.

Final Resting Place of The Pen

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Dual (duel) Excerpt from The Recipients

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The story is Anna’s : “insomniac, newlywed.” (her words) “princess, circular.” (my words)

A Love Letter of a Cannibal

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Dear Butterfly, Are you there ? Wherever there is ? Are you there, crossing your feet on top of each other, sipping your coffee while observing the sky from behind those cat-eye glasses of yours ? 3 days, 8 months and 11 years. That's exactly how long since the last time…

AA For the Suicidal - alt.punk extract

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The drive back to Sac does nothing to sober me up, either, and although Avaline and I are ready to hurl, she takes me to her afternoon support group, “Lean On Me: A Place for Manic-Depressive and Bipolar Sufferers to Come Together.”

Hazel - alt.punk excerpt

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This is why people go into work one day with a shotgun. This is why people turn to the masses and drink Kool-Aid. This is one of the reasons behind Chuck Palahnuik’s conceptualization of Project Mayhem.