Stories tagged nyc

Noah's Ark, NYC

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Two by two they come walking down 7th Ave girl with girl boy and girl boy and boy two pigeons strolling side by side two robins two crows walking stiffly like two pieces of anthracite coal two spiders two dogs sniffing each oth

We Like the Flyover States

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We wanted Siberia, the frozen Baltic Sea, Vladivostok; we wanted commerce in shipping, and fur hoods incorporated into the local fashion.

If You See Something, Say Something

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You think there’s a chance the bag could be holding a severed head, or live or dead kittens.

At the Blarney Stone

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Lo pulled me out of the bar. We walked a few blocks to a corner liquor store. We walked to the back of the store, down the steep stairs, and into the basement. Down there, empty Heineken bottles were lined up against the wall and the smell of rotting verm

Fear

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Vito sat alone on a bench, hunched over, staring at his running shoes. He wasn't having fun. The club wasn't nearly as crowded as usual. There were no outlandishly-dressed or made-up people present. Most in attendance were huddled directly before the band

Summertime City

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Columbus Avenue, I’m the tense union of poor city rich city/ gentrification.

Actor-Activist

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A dark-haired, handsome man adjusted the headset he was wearing, leaned toward a microphone, and eyed his host, a curly-haired man with a toothy grin, who sat up straight as he received a cue from his producer.

Waiting for Big Bird

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Jonathan jumps up from his seat, knocking over his mug of coffee, when Mona tells him she thinks she is in labor.

Monkeytown excerpt 5

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GOD BLESS AMERICA! LARGE SELECTION OF ADULT DVDS & VIDEOS! PRIVATE VIEWING BOOTHS! HI-TECH ELECTRONICS! PLASTIC! T-SHIRTS! TIMELESS TREASURES! ATM! SONY! IBM! PASSPORT PHOTOS! LINGERIE! HALLOWEEN COSTUMES! VISIT MY BASEMENT! 30 MIN. PHOTO! NOTHING!

Outside

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a cop sits on the hood of his car enters traffic tickets into his gadget talks into his cellphone codes that mean something to someone

Dog

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I’m not the creative type like my friend Bosely, an Irish Setter. I’m a traditionalist. I like to eat exactly at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. I take my bone with me everywhere I go. I will not carry the poop-bag.

Omens

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But these were seconds or minutes in a life of struggle and failure.

Fanmail to Ellen Page

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You and I will never meet. You will never even know I existed. Even in dreams you will never imagine me. Someone told me once that your sleeping mind cannot conjure up new faces. It just spits out all the ones you’ve ever seen and that’s it. That’s it.

This city like a squall

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Jackhammered men hollow out the building, cart away decade-old works of other men. Exterior walls stand. Rooms have been demolished. In another day see what came before progress. See trees. A squall is coming. Ask about the…

Mother's Day

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Tell me why your daughter looks more like a person than you, even though she is dressed like the Statue of Liberty and clutching a pink stroller with a rainbow teddy bear riding inside. Why the blonde curly wig, mother? With the obviously fake part to the left. Did…