Nonfiction 4.4

Three Days in Beijing by Brant Goble

Three Days in Beijing by Brant Goble

Nonfiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 There’s an aging gazebo atop the hill at the college where I have been teaching for the past year. My students tell me that the name of the hill translates as “Scholar’s Mountain,” which is amusing to me if only […]

My Neighbor, the Builder, and Me by Julie Innis

My Neighbor, the Builder, and Me by Julie Innis

Nonfiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 I live on the top floor of a five-story building in Brooklyn. The kitchen gets the best light for most of the morning, so I start my days by writing at the table. My neighbor too takes advantage of the […]

Things My Father Did in the First Year After the Death of My Mother by M. Lewis

Things My Father Did in the First Year After the Death of My Mother by M. Lewis

Nonfiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 He hung up on me. He fell in love with two women. He cleaned out the attic. He cried on the phone on Easter Sunday when he told me he was going to put the dog to sleep the next […]

On Oncoming Revolution: Two Responses by M. Lewis

On Oncoming Revolution: Two Responses by M. Lewis

Nonfiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Under the Pavement, the Beach If there were liberation, I suppose I would begin right here: right in front me, tearing up the pavement with my bare hands. * * * As Far As Revolution Goes As long as there […]

No Means No by Chris McCann

No Means No by Chris McCann

Nonfiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Had the bag boy begun his two-minute relationship with my father by saying something along the lines of, “May I roll your mechanically-separated, synthetically-preserved, steroid-dripping, heart-dissolving, cancer-baiting sustenance-in-a-cage-on-wheels out to your serial killer cargo van?” instead of, “Can I help […]

Seven and S-21 by Caleb Powell

Seven and S-21 by Caleb Powell

Nonfiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 In 1979, the Vietnamese drove the Khmer Rouge out of Cambodia and, in the United States, the motion picture Alien took repugnance to another cinematic level. I had no idea about Southeast Asia, but after watching a promo for Alien, […]

The Ghosts I Met at Taco Bell by Charles Shields

The Ghosts I Met at Taco Bell by Charles Shields

Nonfiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 A bony, drunken ho with hoop earrings and fake eyelashes comes lurching toward the counter. In her luminous neon party garb, she almost looks like a new breed of pilgrim: spectral and retro and tattered and horny and hyped up […]

The Burrito, From Travels with Charlie by William B. Stronghold

The Burrito, From Travels with Charlie by William B. Stronghold

Nonfiction, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Crossing the border into Texas is an exciting thing. It’s exciting for about half a minute: the time it takes the “Welcome to Texas” sign to pass from the front of your car to the rearview mirror. The scenery changes […]