Vox Populi

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Mike James: Memoir

  he wanted to be alone after a while was   still, even without people there was light at the window   it hung from a tree on one leaf … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Vigilance at Sea

My wife and I once sailed on the Mariel, a Chinese-made freighter with five cavernous holds loaded with lemon peels soaked in molasses, bought from an orange juice factory in … Continue reading

April 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: A Slightly Hard-Boiled History of my Life as it Moves Slowly away from Cities

It was the summer of 1996. I’d just gotten the money from my discrimination settlement, so Heather and I celebrated by meeting in the great city of Chicago when her … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Camouflage: Strangers with Secrets Meet in Post-War Germany

A Memoir: It was 1957, twelve years after the end of the war in Karlsruhe, West Germany. Most of the scars from the heavy Allied air raids had been covered … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

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