Monthly Archives: July 2013

Floss (Part 2 of 3)

Looking back on it now, I know there’s a momentum to life that no one warned me about. Teachers and TV shows and even my parents told me not to pressure myself, that there would be plenty of time to … Continue reading

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Floss (Part 1 of 3)

Cornsilk is how her hair looked when I first met her. We were 16, and the century was 66 years old. Now we’re into a new millennium, and Carol’s hair isn’t long or silky any more. It’s still blonde. She … Continue reading

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Post-Modernism

Remember peace and love and stringy hair? Insipid daisy-giving? Dancing gauze? Encounter groups and love-ins everywhere? The way the groups made every thought a cause? I recollect them with the same contempt engendered then by every boring pose; it seemed … Continue reading

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Dam

So there was I, a river-skimming bark, a traveling observer on the tide, reacting to the sunlight and the dark, disdaining anchorage at either side, and thinking I could keep on drifting so, until I’d spot a something on the … Continue reading

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Life Contingencies (End)

“Oh Brad – I felt like a piece of shit. It didn’t help that she was young and lovely. I mean it would have been awful no matter who slipped and fell, but it was of course easier to feel … Continue reading

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Life Contingencies (Middle)

It was a demonstration, but they couldn’t tell if it was for Haiti, Palestine, or janitors. They were so accustomed to Friday financial district activism that they hardly paused. The waiter nodded toward the street with a fond look on … Continue reading

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Life Contingencies (Beginning)

“So how does a pension actuary differ from the other kind?” Brad asked. He leaned forward in his chair and the buttons pulled across the belly of his blue shirt. “Actually, it’s just an alphabetic matter,” Susan explained. He heard … Continue reading

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