Still the ‘A’ Train

Still the ‘A’ Train

Not too many memories here, in these chic walls caught in the daily grind. But between the walls there are those truths—whistling through the subway…

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The Mosque

The Mosque

“You shouldn’t wear red. It’s not slimming. You need dark colors to minimize your weight. Are you listening to me?” Margie walked away from Vivian’s…

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Pretty

Pretty

Kyle used to be pretty. He used to stop them in their tracks. He pretended he didn’t notice how mouths hung open and brains whirred…

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E-Love

E-Love

What you seek is seeking you, Sara reads, a languid smile on her 26-year-old lips as she flips through a faded blue notebook and pauses,…

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Mother

Mother

It rained all through May in Fruili Venezia Giulia. One Sunday they ran the marathon wearing raincoats and windcheaters. Sidrah put her one-person moka pot…

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Epiphany

Epiphany

I turned seventy-five yesterday. Maxine, this alluring intuit from Mexico, told Sanjay last year, that I would wake up on the morning of my seventy-fifth…

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Fish Prints

Fish Prints

I’m inking up a fish, concentrating on each scale. A faint breeze tickles the back of my neck.  “Stop sneaking up on me, Emilio,” I…

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First cut

First cut

Elijahu, a word please. She leaps from the birth bed faster than a woman who has spent the last 40 hours sweating, heaving, grunting, shifting…

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The Best Stories

The Best Stories

New York City in the winter is a difficult place for a three-year-old.  The sidewalks are small, packed with snow and tourists, and slippery with…

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Novena

Novena

I.Buy the lotion. Buy the oil. Take the homeopathic vitamin mixtures. Drink the tinctures. Sweat lodge. Meditation. Cleanses. Wheatgrass so thick you choke. Teas so…

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The Girl on the Roof

The Girl on the Roof

She arrived in Buenos Aires with the story born of her travels so fulsome in her that she felt like a woman she’d seen in…

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The Reincarnated One

The Reincarnated One

1956 was an especially poor monsoon year, the drought which had gripped our region intermittently over the past few years was now starting to take…

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Arcs of Memory

Arcs of Memory

I No one in Bodhi’s village had expected an ascent of the Mount Everest. It alarmed his mother. Men had trespassed on an abode of…

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Remarkable Fall

Remarkable Fall

On an otherwise ordinary autumn day, I killed a three-year-old boy. One might think that the air held some hint of warning, but it didn’t—just…

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To The Horizon

To The Horizon

The wind blows the dust and dry dirt across the plains, ceaselessly lifting it from the earth only to set it down again elsewhere. The…

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Rabbit Bone Pink

Rabbit Bone Pink

“One of us should live here some day,” Dinesh says, gazing up at the ceiling in the living room of 42 RC. His sister, Sathya,…

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They'll say it was an Honest Mistake

They’ll say it was an Honest Mistake

“Yo, J, Got a light?” I pulled the convenient store lighter from my pocket with finger cutoff gloves. My nails were blackened from the shop,…

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Summers of Solitude

Summers of Solitude

I grew up afraid of asking questions, afraid of being curious. It still affects the way I live. Any time I crossed that line as…

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Rumsey's Watch

Rumsey’s Watch

Walter looked at his watch, the warm sun reflecting across its silver blue dial into his eyes. The second hand appeared to be moving in…

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William

William

At 11:45PM on a February Friday, William dusts the snow from the shoulders of his full-length, dark wool business coat and enters the office of…

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