Nick Kocz

KRYPTONITE By Nick Kocz Hours after Jill gave birth to our first child, Superman knocked on the door to our maternity room. We were friends, Superman and I. The previous day, he foiled one of Lex Luther’s diabolical plots. Now, he swaggered into the room carrying six dozen red roses that he tossed on Jill’s … [Read more…]

Michael Fischer

BEACH BLITZ VI By Michael Fischer The day before the last Beach Blitz fishing trip, we practice-casted our donated surf rods on the children’s ward lawn. Beach Blitz was a tradition that would end when Mid-State Psychiatric closed in the winter and we were shipped to group and foster homes, or other hospitals not yet … [Read more…]

John Zeugner

WHAT IS A BEEHIVE HAIRDO? By John Zeugner At his first luncheon in Keio University’s Hiyoshi campus faculty cafeteria Moran slid into a series of dislocations. He noticed a slight, short professor wearing a Harris tweed jacket despite the late September heat—that was off-target enough, but, more significantly, the fellow sported a bow tie, the … [Read more…]

Aaron Coder

HOW TO EAT FLUORESCENT LIGHTS By Aaron Coder Begin with those spent tubes stored haphazardly on end in the corner of the garage, crisscrossing like loose rifles, all held in place by cobwebs. You can’t throw them out, right? You’re supposed to take them to the “proper disposal facility” where it’ll all get smashed into … [Read more…]

Ric Hoeben

PICKLE By Ric Hoeben There was river birch and there was lilac and then there was first base. Or at least the hole where first base once sat in the red, soft earth had kept, and Scoop stood about and remembered something of it. And so, also, had he tread the layout of land and … [Read more…]