Neighborhood Stories

“But the neighborhood’s changed. With our not-legals shuffling in, people who don’t have time for violence, people whose only reason for bouncing was to get away from the violence, we’ve mellowed out, found our rhythm. Slowed down. You can raise a kid in the complex. Start a garden or some shit.” -Bryan Washington, “Alief” IContinue reading “Neighborhood Stories”

Seeking Amnesty

“No Aussie saw this line, which followed Danny around the world; but anyone who grew up in Sri Lanka in the 1990s knows this black line, what it loudly commands of one, what it quietly permits.” -Aravind Adiga, Amnesty Amnesty by Aravind Adiga is the second (and last!) proof I snagged from the bookstore beforeContinue reading “Seeking Amnesty”

Struggling Marriages

“To her husband she was understanding, even affectionate, though they slept as if there were an agreement between them; not so much as a foot ever touched. There was an agreement, it was marriage.” -James Salter, Light Years I read Light Years by James Salter and Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue for my writingContinue reading “Struggling Marriages”