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  • Page 1 – Clairvoyant

    *****Page 1 – Clairvoyant, The Imagined Life of Lucia Joyce***** ON THE rolling lawn of Barnaderg Bay Hospital, the long-term patient known as Miss Lucia Joyce sat in a position of slack repose, in a patch of weak sunlight. Her left wrist was braceleted by a canvas posy, the right by a loose cloth only.(…)

  • Page 1 – A Special Fate

      *****Page 1 – Chiune Sugihara, Hero of the Holocaust***** Chapter 1 The baby born on the first day, January 1 of the new century, 1900, was a boy. He was born on an especially cold winter day in a small town named Yaotsu on one of the straggling chains of islands in the Far(…)

  • Page 1 – Love in the Second Act

    ________________________________ *****Page 1 – Love in the Second Act ***** While waiting in line to buy tickets at the Loews movie theater on Broadway at Nineteenth Street, my friend Barbara asks if I’m in the mood to be fixed up. “Fixed up?”      “Fixed up! You know, fixed up on a date. I know(…)

  • Page 1 – Elephant in the Living Room

      ***Page 1 – Elephant in the Living Room***       If the moon happens to be bright, it shines into the Godot family’s kitchen window, casting a bone-blue light across the kitchen table that’s got four placemats on it. Each placemat is made from a photo of Beckett, the family’s recently lost dog.  (…)

  • Page 1 – The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead

      ***Page 1 – The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead***      Paris, 1950                  The studio on the Boulevard du Montparnasse was not far from the Boulevard Raspail crossing. The door to the concierge’s loge was ajar. The husband of the concierge was urinating into the sink when he noticed the(…)

  • Page 1 – “Lost and Found”

    [Today is the anniversary of Aunt Dorothy’s passing – June 9, 2009. RIP, dear Dorothy.  I walk by your building every day and think of you.] **** Page 1 ****     Dear Lily, Aunt’s Dorothy’s official Death Transcript was issued by the Surrogate Court on June 10th, 2009. The work of inventorying, separating, dispersing,(…)

  • Page 1 – The Potato Eater

    *****Page 1 ***** A FAMILY. Twelve children and two adults – marital status unknown – crossed the Atlantic from Ireland. The adults couldn’t cope so they swaddled the children with every piece of clothing they could grab from a church rummage and took the ferry from South Ferry, Manhattan to St. George, Staten Island in(…)

Page 1 – The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead

  ***Page 1 – The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead***      Paris, 1950                  The studio on the Boulevard du Montparnasse was not far from the Boulevard Raspail crossing. The door to the concierge’s loge was ajar. The husband of the concierge was urinating into the sink when he noticed the(…)

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Page 1 – “Lost and Found”

[Today is the anniversary of Aunt Dorothy’s passing – June 9, 2009. RIP, dear Dorothy.  I walk by your building every day and think of you.] **** Page 1 ****     Dear Lily, Aunt’s Dorothy’s official Death Transcript was issued by the Surrogate Court on June 10th, 2009. The work of inventorying, separating, dispersing,(…)

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Page 1 – The Potato Eater

*****Page 1 ***** A FAMILY. Twelve children and two adults – marital status unknown – crossed the Atlantic from Ireland. The adults couldn’t cope so they swaddled the children with every piece of clothing they could grab from a church rummage and took the ferry from South Ferry, Manhattan to St. George, Staten Island in(…)

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Page 1 – Not not a Jew

*****Page 1 ***** Why leave Berlin for Paris? An unemployed man with no friends, Eli G., with a wife, Vera, and one child to feed, Karl, got fifty-one mark a month (1931) in relief. Vera budgeted: Per month = 51 mark rent, electricity, heat, outings = 32.50 mark feed family = 18.50 mark Per day           (…)

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