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A Funny Story

“Then it dawned on me: people didn't care. I was, contrary to my firmly-held belief, not the center of the universe - my little Bildungsroman epiphany.” More

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Thinkin’ About You

“Or maybe he's thinking that his life is a mess, and that he’d rather die than go on living. And what he doesn’t know. . . you and I… More

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The War Within

There’s a phrase I’ve heard all too often during my time in prison: “I’ve been doing this all my life.” It’s one I’ve used myself, but I quickly follow… More

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Broken Pieces

“First off, I wnat to say sorry for the pain I've caused, and at the same time, I know no matter what I say or how much I apologize,… More

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The Law of Averages

A blind covers the window, though sunlight pokes in to the almost empty room through open corners. A couple plastic laundry baskets hold unfolded clothes, and several cardboard boxes,… More

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Zhigwaajige’

“My mother then explained that the government had run a mass campaign and sterilized Indian people, and that one of the ways to do this was to label anyone… More

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Why I Write

“I write because I have always written, because I want to write, because I don't want to write, because I don't know how to not write. Because, in the… More

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Injuries Incompatible with Life

“This is my number, bro. Go to a meeting, get clean, and call me up sometime soon. I need a third baseman for our softball team, and you look… More

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Tarkovsky by Countlight

“While in such a state, I had often pictured myself as some performance artist at the Guggenheim or somewhere: bleak, three-walled void of cell, its lotused, blanket-swaddled habitant.” More

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