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"Stray" by Elizabeth Alexander On the beach, close to sunset, a dog runs toward us fast, agitated, perhaps feral, scrounging for anything he can eat. We pull the children close and let him pass. Is there such a thing as a stray child? Simon asks. Like if a mother had a child from her body but then decided she wanted to be a different child’s mother, what would happen to that first child? The dog finds a satisfying scrap and calms. The boys break free and leap from rock to rock. I was a stray man before I met your mother, you say, but they have run on and cannot hear you. How fast they run on, past the dark pool your voice makes, our arms which hold them back. I was a stray man before I met you, you say. This time you are speaking to me.
album releases this month
The Subways - Uncertain Joys
Circa Waves - Never Going Under
Belle and Sebastian - Late Developers
Mac DeMarco - Five Easy Hot Dogs
Maneskin - Rush!
Wilco - Cruel Country
Samia - Honey
Ava Max - Diamonds & Dancefloors
Sam Smith - Gloria
SG Lewis - AudioLust & HigherLove
Smashing Pumpkins - ATUM
I just finished Candy House by one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Egan. I was first recommended A Visit From the Goon Squad in 2017 while I was in a (very formative) intermediate fiction class at NYU. My then-professor told me MY tone reminded her of Jennifer Egan. (Can you believe that?) Reading this newest book of hers reminded me of that professor and the unfinished fiction drafts and ideas I have, and the daydream of how easy it would be to just finish it all. I could. But will I? I should. But would I, if I could? Yes. I think yes. I say yes, again and again, every time. So what am I waiting for then?
For now, I am reading:
Origin by Dan Brown (for my fiction fixin’)
Not All Diamonds and Rose by Dave Quinn (for Housewives lore)
American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption by Matt Katz (for New Jersey lore)
Reddit threads, random Twitter fights, Radar Online articles, and other garbage
My current mantra: I can change my reality if I want to
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