1. One day all of this will make sense. In the meantime, put your best foot forward. Describe yourself as the cheerful, interesting and intelligent personality a large segment of society seeks to be acquainted with. Smile, but not too wide. Don’t forget to use a breath freshener. Brush any dust or dandruff off your shoulders. You too can look neat and proper. Don’t speak too fast; they can’t make out what you’re saying. Stand up straight, my boy. This is not an introduction to…Continue Reading “It don’t hurt no more”

“How can you go on living when death is always an option?” he cried out, almost in tears. She looked at him grimly for a while, then burst into laughter. “Oh, if you can only hear half of the things you’re saying. You idiot. Death is not an option; only life is.”

It has been raining a lot the past few days. I haven’t been coming out and who can blame me? It’s all cold and wet and cold and wet. But mostly cold. I slip the last key that is not mine off the chain and place it on Blue Mike’s almost bare table. Thursday night was a small party, suitably so, I think. I did not drink much. I did not drink the abominable arak, though not through the fault of the well-meaning thugs I…Continue Reading “The ninth floor”

“The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” Ernest Hemingway We resolve, despite the horror and the sorrow, to go on living life as normal. Make every ordinary thing a delight to behold, a new wonder. We resolve to live because we cannot afford not to, because Life is, and has always been, a gift, though we don’t always see it that way. This is our resolve and it is strong and it will not break. We will not break.