Carey Explains Himself: Hammersmith (ten)

Hammersmith Chapter Ten Carey Explains Himself         Less sticky about being accommodating than she’d feared, Hogben did her the favor of saying, “I might head down with Shaw, when he goes after that salve, and see about a room at Derfinger’s.” Of course, by that, she’d probably lost him. Why had she […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: seven

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (seven)                   I have rediscovered an old and very dear friend. A friend of my young years. We go out to dinner, to a place for admiring the scene of apocalypse which the sky—if you prefer, the atmosphere—offers us in […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part seven)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part seven)             Sente got nothing from the gods as to wealth. Of course, my master’s humor must break the solemnity at least once…he quipping in low voice that his friend could hide gold so cunningly, even the gods did not perceive it. But I […]

The Ad Said: conclusion

Short Stories The Ad Said (part two)         They’d giggled at first, when Hettie’s heeled shoe, then Hermie’s, slipped in patches of mud, hidden where tractors mowing had mashed the weeds into hummocky rows. It got old, by the time they’d scrabbled over the second fence. They’d pieced their way down the […]

No Stake in the Game (poem)

    No Stake in the Game   The hour seemed hot And the malefactor not alone in gauging how the wind was blowing conditions dry enough like sarcasm Imagine     towering figures turning brat     Marshall plan negotiators men like that gnomes, they prove, listening under toadstools Galloping gourmands    Saturns never wrong…that is…never a wrong ingredient […]

To State the Matter Frankly: Hammersmith (nine)

Hammersmith Chapter Nine To State the Matter Frankly         Aimee Bard, having that in common with the settled object of her campaign, began the morning wondering if she could get a moment to herself. She’d gathered Mrs. Frieslander’s bundles, an errand she never did for mere kindness—“Please don’t thank me! You know […]

My Blog Week: May 20 to May 26

All the Latest from Torsade!                           In Sunday’s A Figure from the Common Lot, Peas in a Pod: part two, Richard finds work and recalls the accident that broke his family. On Monday, a poem, “Decoration Day”. Also Monday, Adventures in Research: Garfield Edition, […]

Peas in a Pod: part three

A Figure from the Common Lot Chapter Three Peas in a Pod (part three)               He was distracted by a commotion across the street. He found he’d wandered as far as Broadway. The matinee at the Belvedere Theatre was about to start. “Standing room in the gal’ry! Room in […]

Yoharie: Old Flames (part one)

Yoharie Old Flames (part one)         Thanks to this habit of thinking things through, idled in fair contentment on his adjustable bed…maybe prompted by all those daytime shows (Yoharie liked the TV going; noise didn’t bother the birds), during which all those women hosts called a lot of bullshit on a lot […]

Only One: sixth German Spy

    The Folly The German Spy     Only One   The genius Falco has put his eye on a newish house of brick Newish house with newish tile-capped wall, fatly hipped Just under this, on the garden side, roses, that predictable Middle-class person’s garish choice A treacly morbid pink Insistently like the vomitus […]