Koans of the Midwest

How It Feels to Be Sometimes Inanimate

They say there’s nothing bad that can happen to a writer — that anything “bad” is really just “more material.” But there is actually something “bad” that can happen to a writer.

The Wise Pretend

Across the street stood that most contemptibly generic, mundane creation, the strip mall, its loud signs glowing in the rain. I hate strip malls.