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The World I Will Not Taste

At first light there is a world in my ribcage. I fasten it shut with a clink and throw away the key. I’ll use it another time, I say to myself. I ponder vib...

The Gardener

Our neighbor stops over to say goodbye. His family has been renting the farmhouse next to our white summer cottage here in Maine. Although we haven’t met, I...

Four Feasts

I. “Chinese people eat monkey brains. They cut their heads open and eat them while the monkeys are still alive.” The girl’s eyes are bright with spite. She ...

Laugh Track

I read an article about the mind’s eye. It’s not something I’d ever thought much about, but apparently, if a researcher says, “Picture…” (“your breakfast table...

The Hunched One

I was ten when we—my mother and I—visited Unical Teaching Hospital, the orthopedic section, to find a solution to the deformity I had developed in one of my fi...

A Moment in Time

There is a special kind of time that exists between moments of speculation and revelation. The time between ordering a meal and its arrival, the last half hour...

Wrapping Around the World Twice

“If you ran your veins end to end, they’d wrap around the world twice,” Mr. Rogers declared with relish, while girls planted chewing gum in Beth’s hair. Her...

Life Line

Every day after the shop closes, Marjorie walks to the train station to catch the returning soldiers. It is London, 1943, and the war might never end, but woun...

Ambulances on My Block

“And what of the dead? They lie without shoes  in their stone boats. They are more like stonethan the sea would be if it stopped. They refuse &n...