By Kevin Sampsell
In a urban filled with police controversies, hippie artist punk homes, and overzealous liberals, Portland, Oregon, is a spot the place even its fiction blurs with its weird and wonderful realities.Brand-new tales via: Gigi Little, Justin Hocking, Christopher Bolton, Jess Walter, Monica Drake, Jamie S. wealthy (illustrated by way of Joelle Jones), Dan DeWeese, Zoe Trope, Luciana Lopez, Karen Karbo, invoice Cameron, Ariel Gore, Floyd Skloot, Megan Kruse, Kimberly Warner-Cohen, and Jonathan Selwood.Editor Kevin Sampsell is a book shop worker and author. he's the writer of a brief tale assortment, Creamy Bullets (Chiasmus Press), and the impending memoir The Suitcase (HarperPerennial, summer time 2009). he's additionally the editor of The Insomniac Reader (Manic D Press) and the writer of the micropress destiny stressful Books.
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Really exciting, and really good for you. You need to have the dust of the world on your feet. ” “You do work hard,” said Charlotte. ” I’m tired of staring at Charlotte laying or lying on the bathroom floor, playing passed out, milking the situation, doing her best to make me look like the bad guy. I walk back down the long hallway to the kitchen. I sit in the dark at my kitchen table. Outside, the streetlights shine on the snow, filling my front rooms with that weird aquarium light. I look out the window at the Laurelhurst Theater marquee.
This is where her master’s degree failed her, where all her books and snooty left-wing websites let her down. Did I say she worked in R&D at Intel, designing stuff she wasn’t allowed to talk about? Something to do with microchips and biology. When I met her I didn’t know what R&D was. She used words like ebullient just to make me feel stupid. Who was the stupid one now? Yeah, I’m off to Prague. The only foreign place I’d ever been before was Ensenada. “Is this work-related? ” “Sure,” I said. ” I’d forgotten I told Charlotte I’d done a business trip to Chelyabinsk.
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