Worked last night at the restaurant. Today I’m waiting on a text from Larry the carpenter. I’m going into his studio to tear down the ceiling, rip down more walls. Inhale plaster, drink the dust, step on nails, hammer my fingers, caulk my peehole.
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In keeping with my history of prudent economic decisions, I spent the greater part of my first paycheck in a month on a plane ticket to New York City…
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Driving down washington st. Four grimy lanes bordered by strip malls and government assisted housing. Crackwhores withering in the sun. Men with shifty…
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Now that I’m not opening a café, my mornings start slowly. Not stumbling out the door at 5 with crust in my eyes. A fantasy life, impossible to…
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The beauty of some days precludes all effort, all action. On sunday I needed to clean, do laundry before a trip to Detroit. Nothing happened in the…
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The morning was cool and gray and then it rained. After writing and smoking cigarettes and starting a substack I took a nap. When I woke up the rain had…
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I lost my job. The café job, both spots, the one in the trendy neighborhood and the one downtown by the convention center. Last week I worked during the…
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