Death Be a Hot Fudge SundaeMerrill Joan Gerber
Three babies were born to me in five years. It seemed, when I was young, the only worthwhile thing to do, making those sturdy, well-designed pieces...
Hacia TeotitlánDagoberto Gilb
The last time Ramiro Areyzaga was in Mexico was so long ago it was more like a fairy tale. That was Coyoacán, which is Mexico City but which...
A Paranormal RomanceDouglas Glover
I was supposed to meet Zoe for lunch at a chic Parisian restaurant she had discovered on the Internet, a crucial rendezvous during which I intended...
Chet Baker's SonBrandon Hobson
I left Chicago and returned to Dallas when my mother tried to overdose. She’d tried it before, usually with pills, but this time they hospitalized...
On "Brass" by Joy WilliamsChristine Schutt
Aurora, Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston, all sites of rampage killings that left four or more dead. Inspired by just such mayhem, “Brass,”...
On "Miss Grief" by Constance Fenimore WoolsonAnne Boyd Rioux
When Constance Fenimore Woolson wrote “Miss Grief,” shortly after her arrival in Europe in late 1879, she was, unlike her eponymous...
Todd invited the Korns—all of them—for a visit at the beach. Not just dinner, but to stay overnight. Laura was finishing the border of a 2000...
Klodt's HorsesMikhail Iossel
One day, many years ago, in another lifetime, a friend told me that the sculptor Peter Klodt, author of the famed four-part Horse-Tamer composition...
What Happens NextRoy Kesey
Was that meant to be a proper question? If not—if you were only making conversation—then very well, let us converse. But if so, then I’m...
On "An Unwritten Novel" by Virginia WoolfKristopher Jansma
I teach two hours from where I live, so I spend a lot of time writing on the bus. It’s quiet and the route is scenic––once we get through North Jersey