Tag Archives: Long Reads

I Want to Stand in My Cubicle

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A REASONABLE FEAT to cardswipe the door while half-grasping the bag of McDonald’s breakfast. The proximity switch would not bleep or flicker green. “Thanks again, God,” Jacob muttered. It was 10:30 in the AM and the … Continue reading

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Modern Manhood – A Four-Part Essay

I. SOCIETY 1. A Historical Perspective on the Status Quo Let’s look at the life of a single guy in Corporate America. He works half his waking hours, inches from a computer screen, isolated from women, making profits for the … Continue reading

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Goodbye, My Television (satire – 1 of 3)

I KEPT EXERCISING to P130Z past day 130, past 160 and onwards. I kept hunched over my desk, doing tolerance stacks on gears and compartments. And I kept to myself. Eventually, I started getting this pain in my neck from … Continue reading

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Growing up Wired: Chapter 1, The Can Man Cometh

AS A DIVERSION, I followed the Can Man around campus—always from a safe distance because he was shy. Was he John the Baptist incarnate? It was too soon to know, though he wore a waist-long, unkempt gray beard with black … Continue reading

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Soulmate Divorce

HAROLD AND PATTY WERE HIGHSCHOOL SWEETHEARTS. They rushed from their senior prom to a damp log cabin lit with a few candles and lost their virginity.

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Daughter Thieves

THEIR BLACK COUPE HOVERED INCHES ABOVE THE ANCIENT HIGHWAY. Verch sped through traffic as slim cars flashed by. Their car buzzed, burning fuel. He jerked the handle-wheel to cross lanes alongside a snake truck. The amber bellies of truck platforms … Continue reading

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Talent Police

“DEAR DIARY, Installing you on my computer is the best decision I’ve ever made. You’ve lived up to every claim made on your packaging. I highly doubt you’ll insubordinate or grow the hangnail-personalities that plagued past diaries.

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