My story, “The Last Con”, which was originally published in the Spring 2012 issue of The Gettysburg Review, was just reprinted in the Boston University Alumni journal, 236. Here’s the link if you’d like to take a look.
The table of contents has been posted online for the Winter 2014 issue of Prairie Schooner! I’m excitedly awaiting the arrival of my copies.
My 2013 Christmas Present. I picked it out at Tom Furrier’s shop in Arlington last year. Royal Deluxe O Model circa 1936.
I finally caved and bought a second one off ebay this month. It was a lot less expensive, but required a couple of hours of Q-tip cleaning to remove years of nicotine and tar from the body and keys. Hermes Media 3 approx. 1958.
Lately I’ve been taking a slightly longer route home from work to avoid some road construction. It is stunning in the fall – about fifteen minutes of winding, country roads through trees. The houses are unobtrusively set back.
I took these shots while driving (slowly) so they’re far from perfectly composed, but they do give you an idea of the beauty of this road. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a good shot of the pine forest. Driving with the windows down, I can smell the pine as strongly as if there was a Christmas tree in the passenger seat.
“…after reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction, people performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence — skills that come in especially handy when you are trying to read someone’s body language or gauge what they might be thinking. The researchers say the reason is that literary fiction often leaves more to the imagination, encouraging readers to make inferences about characters and be sensitive to emotional nuance and complexity.”
To read more of Pam Belluck’s article, visit the NY Times.