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“The Mission Inn”
There’s a place I rarely consider home, tucked neatly in the middle of other places that matter more: my birthplace, concealed...
“The Mission Inn”
“Limbo”
You’ve been in traffic for two hours. It’s been rain the whole way. Your wife is probably waiting in the kitchen. She’s probably...
“Limbo”
“She Waits”
The setting sun casts long shadows across the woods, turning the trees, the road in front of them, black. At the hill’s crest her father...
“She Waits”
“The Pond”
Mr. Bushnell died a long time ago. Don’t know when exactly. We weren’t born yet. But Mrs. Bushnell kept up the old place on Martin....
“The Pond”
“Chekhov’s Rule”
When I first met Walker, he had a job at the tackle shop on the river and a classic early-seventies Chevy Nova, competition orange. Still...
“Chekhov’s Rule”
“Lost and Found”
Technology is great.  When it works. When it doesn’t, blood pressure goes up.  Angry words are spoken.  Denouncement of anything...
“Lost and Found”
“Short Sheeting”
I was standing in the returns line at Macy’s when a little girl, probably no older than four, pointed at me and said to her caretaker,...
“Short Sheeting”
“The Laundry Room Comes First”
If you believe that the key events in a man’s life should be recounted in their order of occurrence, then the laundry room comes first,...
“The Laundry Room Comes First”
“This Writer’s Secret to Doing What She Loves”
Do what you love may be the most overused advice in the career-improvement world.  A blogpost on the complexity of this directive went...
“This Writer’s Secret to Doing What She Loves”
“Fork Play”
There is a fork here. I consider lifting it and placing it against my husband’s right temple then applying pressure. Gentle at first then...
“Fork Play”
“The King”
I once believed my father was a tree. At first he was a man; his gun rested on the carpet where we found him. It glistened between our...
“The King”
Ask an Agent Series: Madeleine Clark
Madeleine Clark is an agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we asked Madeleine...
Ask an Agent Series: Madeleine Clark