Maybe I’m chasing rainbows, but I’ve listened to so many people talk about how tomatoes used to taste or could or should taste that I’ve come to imagine something equal parts mango, prime rib and LSD. Do such tomatoes exist? Did they at some time in the past? I ask because the best tomatoes I’ve eaten — ever eaten — were just tomatoes.
Or, why this non-Bernie-or-Bust progressive is voting for Big Orange We’re back to bread and circuses, it seems, the featured act this election cycle being a false-choice rumble between Republican fear mongering (Mexican/ISIS zombie hoards coming to eat our brains) and Democratic fear mongering (Republican zombie hoards coming to eat our brains). The winner, we’re told, […]
Published in 1826, Mary Shelley’s The Last Man is post-apocalyptic science fiction’s ground zero. It’s also a Gothic adventure novel, which means plenty of references to Greek mythology, classical poetry, ancient history and philosophy, let alone the author’s apparent resolve never to use one word where ten would do as well. Whether you find this kind of thing irritating or luxurious is a matter of taste. Last Man’s only […]
She says she has nothing to look forward to anymore, that she’s just waiting to die. Not that she wants to die, mind you, but she’s unmotivated. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, creeping in its petty pace from day to day. We admit to each other that ennui is a First World affliction. Shameful, we say. Yet we aren’t sufficiently […]
Final scene, I think. A Bruce Willis movie? The hero is walking toward us, away from whatever bad thing has just happened. Without looking back or even breaking stride, he tosses a lit match or cigarette or a grenade over his shoulder. Or maybe he presses a button on the remote he’s carrying. Whatever it is, whatever he does, a […]
“I don’t feel protected or served,” I tell him. “I do,” he says. The back-to-back public executions of Alton Sterling (07.05.16 Baton Rouge, LA) and Philando Castile (07.06.16 St. Paul, MN) give him pause, and he concedes that something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but at the same time he wonders what it must be like […]
The crater that had been my high school football field was filled with water and the water was roiling with dolphins. Or what I thought were dolphins, but turned out to be dolphin-size salamanders, the kind with frills on their cheeks. “Gila Monsters!” I shouted and ran inside the school. I’d meant Komodo Dragons, not Gila […]
His name was Kevin, in town with an electrical contractor working a car show at the TD Convention Center. His pickup truck’s gas gauge was broken and he’d misjudged, running out of gas on Main Street, leaving his wife to wait for him while he hunted for a station, surprised to find out that his gas-powered pickup had to be […]