Impromptu Book Report: The Money Master, 1913

While some books – stories – give you but a few chapters of a life, others give you an entire lifetime. The latter tend to be my favorite, for they are more psychedelic – from psyche, mind, and delos, manifesting – because books really are psychedelic. And not in the trippy sense, but in theContinue reading “Impromptu Book Report: The Money Master, 1913”

Short Fiction: The Exhumation (6 Min Read)

He stood upon the beach beside the seawall, bent over in the cold, gray light of dawn, laboriously digging that endless pit again.  His hairless, sinewy fingers were painfully fixed around the smooth, well-worn handle of the old wooden shovel, which felt burdensome and awkward in his grip; each scoop of the dark, wet sandContinue reading “Short Fiction: The Exhumation (6 Min Read)”

Passages: East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Original copyright 1952. Centennial edition (from Steinbeck’s birth in 1902), Penguin Books, copyright 2002 Chapter 1 “You can boast about anything if it’s all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast.” – p. 4 “And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about theContinue reading “Passages: East of Eden, John Steinbeck”

Passages: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is the second entry in my Passages series, where I transcribe my favorite passages from a book I have just finished reading. Today I felt like an enjoyable read and thus returned to a story I relate to as both a writer and a human being. Fitzgerald manages to tell a story that isContinue reading “Passages: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald”

Flash Fiction: The Arrival

He awoke tired and sluggish as any other day. There had been so many barren days in this untold chapter of his life. So many unfolded tears and so much frustration had amassed within him that his quiet corner of the world now felt like an island. His thoughts had marooned him there, and like coconutContinue reading “Flash Fiction: The Arrival”