A Photograph by Eric Fain

Where is the past? Once a moment passes, we can find it again only in our  memory. But what is memory? Clearly it is unreliable and frequently deceptive. It is not a movie that can be seen over and over. Memory is inherently self-serving and always emotional, so much so that the past can only…

Boys Will Be Boys

I was five when I had my first ‘Boys will be Boys’ moment. It was on the kindergarten playground. We were waiting to go into class when a boy, whose name I cannot remember, ran up and grabbed my white sweater, threw it on the ground and jumped up and down on it. My grandmother…

In the Galaxie

I am lying on the landing of the stairs of the Galaxie beneath a skylight covered with fake stained glass, mid-day light casting rainbow patches on the walls above me. Through those walls seeps “Just My Imagination,” the Temptations version. I lie supine on purple carpet, pleasantly tired, perfectly relaxed. I wear a silky black…

FIGHTS(III)

The second semester of my eight-grade year, I made a buck and a half for being used as a somewhat mobile punching bag for my fellow 8th grader, Johnny Copeland. Johnny was on the “Vocational” path in school, considered three levels down from my “College Prep” track. These kinds of low-life experiences and acquaintances had…

LOUIE IN IRAQ

As much as he had never signed up for this duty, as much as his bosses said it didn’t exist, Louie figured he was stuck with it. The thunder of planes at the Baghdad Airport, taking off and landing a few meters away, shaking up the warehouse. Inspections every hour by some kid from Georgia…

Hawaiian Honeymoon

Rick and Nancy are driving the North Shore of Oahu five days after their wedding. Rick has never been to Hawaii before; Nancy previously lived on Oahu for six months. So far it has been a fairly normal honeymoon. In the tiny bathroom of their shack in Waikiki a giant cockroach flew at Rick and…