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Israela Margalit | The other side of the moon

I called the cultural ministry in Jerusalem and begged them to pay for my flight to Montreal. There was a piano competition over there. A springboard to stardom. “I promise to make you proud.” The money arrived just in time to beat the admission deadline. I was instructed to board a charter plane from Paris that was filled with young French contestants. They exercised on the plastic tray tables, their […]

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Mike Wilson | Kisses

Dejuan waved the red rubber ball back and forth and Kisses’ head turned left and right, like her beagle nose was attached to the ball with a string, her brown eyes bright and shiny. He was excited, too. They both were holding their breath. He pulled his arm behind his head and leaned back. “Get it, Kisses!” Then he threw the ball and Kisses took off, ripping chunks of grass […]

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Paul Lewellan | The after prom event

After chaperoning the junior/senior prom, I escaped to the Hilltop Diner in lieu of going back to my empty condo. Occupying my usual table next to the wheezing room air conditioner was Savannah Crosby, the owner’s daughter. She wore the same strapless prom dress with gold brocade that she’d worn to prom. Savannah began waiting tables when she was twelve so we knew each other well. Every night for the […]

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Robert Pope | Agnar in Akron

I conversed with Mr. Ferguson Hedley online, through his blog, for months before I met him in person. I came upon the blog one afternoon surfing the web and stopped because of his wild, crude illustrations. The more I have gotten used to them, however, I understand they are not wild and crude at all, but so precise as to look distorted. I had to get to work but wanted […]

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