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Short Story
Aug.23.2010
I was in Golden Gate Park watching the gentlemen race their model yachts on Spreckels Lake. I used to go there a lot to take my mind off things. The scene was always the same: a dozen or so men in their seventies, eighties, even nineties, decked out in fishing caps and khakis and sneakers, pacing the sidewalk, remote controls in hand. The men were always in a...
Article
Jun.16.2008
San Francisco Chronicle Magazine
Emma Balfour walked into my life in the summer of 2003. Our paths collided on Ocean Beach, the 3-mile stretch of gray sand and graffiti-spattered seawall marking the western edge of the city. It was a cold day and the beach was buried in dense fog, the kind of fog that makes you feel as if you are lost in some strange dream. It was in this bleak landscape...
Short Story
Jun.16.2008
Hum
The Missouri Review
We could hear it from any point in the house—upstairs, downstairs, even the garage. From the kitchen the sound was faint, like the upswing of a snore with no silent intervals in between—all intake of breath, no release. While we were eating at the small table by the window, forks and knives clicking against our plates, it was there in the background, a reminder....
Article
Jun.16.2008
Glimmer Train newsletter
Our impulse as writers is to attempt to salvage the words, to make good on the promise we made to ourselves when we penned the very first line. While there is beauty in perseverance, sometimes the best thing you can do for a story is let it go, and give yourself the freedom to begin again.   Read the piece in its entirety here.
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Jun.16.2008
The Kenyon Review
"You push a button. You count to thirty. You have a sensational cup of coffee, as fresh as it is frothy." So says the instruction sheet for my new coffeemaker, a gift from my husband, who, it might be noted, has never been a coffee drinker. When questioned about the gift, he confesses to having picked it up for free at some promotional event at the mall...