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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...

Here’s How It Works

Let’s say you’re eight years old and you get that birthday party you’ve been longing for, the one with all your friends from school, and you can hardly believe...

Hive Mind

The mothers are coated in a light layer of fuzz, but only the children have ever noticed. As babies, it was a velvet comfort, hazy and unremembered—a soft plac...