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Evan & Elle

For anybody interested Evan and Elle did not perish in the automobile accident. While their van was demolished to fragments, they walked away unmarked, physically. As for psychologically, they were enhanced, if anything they marveled at life all the more. The experience had filled them with renewed verve, for a bi
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Happy New Year

The day began with an iguana falling out of a tree. That’s how they get around. They simply permit themselves to sag from a high perch. The bright green rubbery beast landed heavily on the hammock, gripping at the rope contraption with his too long clattering claws. He saw me, a beat behind my following h
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Thank You

Along with most everyone in Key West, late in the afternoon, I watch the sunset. Dazzled by the beauty I chase a primitive urge to honor the event. The gold disc that is the sun hits the horizon and throws down what looks like a glistening path of mercury spilling on the ocean surface, scattering right to my feet. A
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Snakes on a Plane

When the Arab lady walked onto the plane I was not the only one to notice. In a long blue dress with a blue sheer wrap that went over her head she was hard to miss. Another Arab, a man, strode onto the plane. He was unsmiling, with dark hollowed out eyes, and stiff black hair. A hush descended when yet anoth
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Tarts

Hello, can you hear me? Listen, Michelle called this morning, she wants me to send money. All I want to do is stuff my face with cake. Who does that girl think she is? Getting pregnant and expecting the rest of us to look after her. I am going to the bakery. I’m going to get in my car and drive one hundred and twenty mi
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Peacocks

It was not entirely his fault, but the man was an arrogant bastard, everyone said so. John was the eldest child of a wealthy family. He was raised in a pink marble palace on land which had been in the family for centuries. The house was surrounded on three sides with sloping lawns. A family of pigmy albino peacocks a
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Downsize

Crisp, early November, and Roderick and Daisy were moving. Roderick did not want to leave his townhouse. “It’s curtains for me. I’m ruined!” Roderick declared. “The bank owns my toys! Can you believe?” All on account of some papers he signed, as he says, “When I was out of my mind!” Daisy wasn’t overjoyed about the
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Three Dog Night

I’m staying with my friend Mabel, in Westchester. Mabel runs a battleship of a home-front, with innumerable offspring, and a village in staff, not to mention assorted pets, one of which was a week overdue with four heartbeats detected. The expectant mother was a caramel-colored long haired low-rider wiener wit
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Friends

I chewed up a fortnight in New York at a friend’s apartment on the thirty-sixth floor overlooking Central Park. In two weeks I almost never left the building, except sometimes very late at night, for parties. Carlos, my host, travels constantly, for his work. He has a spacious home he is never in, and a car he n
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