Living on the edge

Living on the edge

Danny Boyle and Gordon Williamson sit under a bridge in Sacramento waiting for the drizzle to let up, wondering why life is treating them so unfairly. Danny had spent his early years  in Virginia and North Carolina. His favorite activity there was hunting and avoiding rangers. Gordon grew up across the country, in a Stockton … Continue reading

Your many possible pasts

Your many possible pasts

They lived in Killarney, where Fiona grew up with an urge to torment her schoolmate Arnie. For reasons she could barely understand herself, these feelings strengthened in her adolescent years.  On a chill morning in October, the body of 17-year-old Arnie Murphy was found decomposing in an abandoned peat bog, a thin knife protruding from … Continue reading

Have pun, will travel

Have pun, will travel

There once was a land called Punt. It was the birthplace of puns.  The most sophisticated, creative, nuanced and subtle form of humor is, of course, the pun.  A remaining few on the fringes of serious literature still try to deny this, but are not taken seriously. Articles in leading literary journals unequivocally insist that … Continue reading

Autumn’s warning

Autumn’s warning

Yesterday’s letter from Valerie was troubling. She had enthused to her older sister about a new gown of billowy satin and organza – and of the young man she met at a ball.  She’s so flighty, so impressionable, thought Norah. How could they be sisters? Norah plans ahead, is more cerebral. That afternoon, deep in … Continue reading