Archive | August, 2017

Alan Walowitz | Shamed

To the nth degree A mathematically specious phrase intended to convey that something is raised to a very high level (as in “to the nth degree”), where “n” is assumed to be a relatively high number even though by definition it is unspecified and may be large or small. We say we’re testing the limits but if we’re honest we’ve already scaled them in our heads and they’re not as […]

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Emily Reid Green | Blind date

Modesty is trending. Thus her arms folding fashionable, legs braided. She will study French dressing, how it blushes the radish rose. That will have to do for even candlelight can’t obscure a question, a claim undeserved. So she must remain compact, eyes cast down, never to see the world, let alone fill it. He needs space to inflate, eyes to roam unsupervised. Meanwhile she will invite him up for coffee […]

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Carmela Orsini | Foul accretion

I sat at the back of the bus, a nice seat four rows from the last, a window seat like I like. It was a Mercedes bus from a little town in Austria headed to a little town in Germany. I fell asleep quickly as the bus wound its way across the border, taking the scenic route on purpose. I woke up shortly after starting, nauseous. I tried to ignore […]

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Adel Aaron | Night at the Hyatt

“You were different.” Sheila said it with sensuous pleasure. Andy thought for a moment. “Did you like it?” “Yes.” She smiled, remembering the way she’d felt just a few minutes ago. “Good. I liked it too.”  He closed his eyes. “But why?” He didn’t answer right away. “It’s Valentine’s.” “Oh?” She leaned on one hand and began playing with his hair. Soon she turned around. Their naked thighs touched. She […]

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