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I Have a Problem

Spelk

by Paul Beckman

I have a problem, well I have more than one but this one is Yuge. I can’t work in a mess and I can’t not make a mess where I work. My office looks like the shredder truck should back in and take care of things but I called them and they won’t drive to the second floor. My wife who has the neatness thing down opens my office door, sticks her hand in and sprays something every once in a while. She told me that curing my problem was easy. “There are only three things you do with a piece of paper, a — file it, b — toss it or c — hand it off to someone else.” She won’t let me hand papers off to her. Easy for her to say but I don’t have that gene and I would like to talk to…

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Covalence

Gay Degani wrote a beauty!

THE AIRGONAUT

by Gay Degani

Jennifer, “Jen,” as she preferred to be called, used to meet her neighbor, Howard, in Rocketship Park. They made a game of it. She would be in her jogging clothes, her face glossy with sweat, and he’d be in a three-piece suit, his car parked in the Von’s parking lot down the street. Each would circle the grassy areas, Jen in her cool-down stage, and Howard in his wind-down from a day of selling premium real estate to Chinese students with millionaire parents.

In the deepest, darkest section of the park, set away from the red, white, and blue aluminum spaceship, they would pass each other, eyes locking, private parts galvanizing, and at openings in the high Indian Hawthorne that looped the park, each would duck inside. They came together in a rush, not shedding clothing, but shoving them aside as if cotton, latex, and polyester were…

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Book Review: “Peek”, Stories by Paul Beckman — Will Baumgartner-Author

Into the Lives of Others: Peek, Stories by Paul Beckman
If you’ve ever found yourself musing on the possible when it comes to the rest of the population —what’s the story behind that window across the street, or behind the eyes of the stranger you pass on another street—you’re likely to get a kick out of Peek, a decidedly urban collection of very short fictions by Paul Beckman. This book takes us there: through the windows, into the minds behind those eyes, onto commuter trains, into the apartments and hotel rooms, of these others who live in our world. There’s a temptation to call these stories “voyeuristic”, but that would be too easy, and could be somewhat misleading. Instead, let’s call them insightful.

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