At the Bend in the Old Highway

At the Bend in the Old Highway

  The old highway stretched relentlessly in both directions from the bend, disappearing into the heat haze–not that it did Howie any good. He hated both the damn highway and the lousy filling station, but he was stuck there, like the monster centipede he’d...
Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta

Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta

  Michiko Kakutani and I have one thing in common. We both think Dana Spiotta is all that as an author. The illustrious critic has called her “wonderfully gifted” in her review of Lightning Field; declared her second novel, Eat the Document “stunning”; and...
Ruins

Ruins

  1 Richard & Paul Unbelievable. So he finds this amazing artifact, and then just turns around and sells it the next day? That’s right. Can you imagine? A piece of history, of his own history—for all he knows, it was his great-great-whatever uncle or...
After the Outing  – For Edward Gorey

After the Outing – For Edward Gorey

  Zillah raises the glass to her lips and tips the gin into her mouth. It hits her tongue with a dry coolness—she has long since become desensitized to the sting—and its arid, herbal vapors tickle the inside of her nose. No tinkle in her glass, no ice cubes to...