Category Archives: Reprint

Directions For My Daughter

Wear pale makeup when you do errands, opening your backpack for the young soldiers guarding every entrance to possible disaster. You don’t want to be noticed. Don’t ride the buses but if you do, check out eyes. Applying your own … Continue reading

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Far Rockaway

What I remember about when I was a kid in the south Bronx is that my pop was too poor to rent us a bungalow at Rockaway during the hot summers, so we just stayed home. We had the kind … Continue reading

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Reading Their Only Son

For a while now their adolescent son has been turning into a book. He’s no longer wearing blue jeans and T-shirts and when he goes out he’s taken to wearing endpapers and a dust jacket. His mother and father, somewhat … Continue reading

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Sinatra’s Mic

How did I get here? I was standing in a Capitol Records recording studio holding Sinatra’s microphone in my hand. I had dreamed about doing this all my life but I never really thought it would happen. Still, it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Boxes, Basements

When I opened my eyes my feet were the feet of a baby: I wore red baby shoes with thin blue stripes and white soles. I looked at my hand. Cracked skin, veins branching out on the back of it, … Continue reading

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Silence

You cannot believe it is time for her to leave. Fifteen years. Really? You were only ten when she started working for your family, probably her first expat family. She had worked for local families before yours, you know. She … Continue reading

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A Sensitive Ear

They say he is autistic. When his parents first told me that this was what the specialists had determined, I was skeptical. I knew what autism was, and had even been around autistic children before, particularly during a time when … Continue reading

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