Untitled Novel. Chapter 1.

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The air was still and nasty. Sticky and filled with bugs fucking in flight and smelling like rotting vegetation. Swamp air. Two police officers stood side by side outside the long-abandoned mini-mart. One cop was older. Fiftyish. Balding. Sloppy. Garrett. “That plastic bottle straight across the way,” Garrett said with a point. The other cop was younger. Not young enough to be bright-eyed. Healthy. Sort of. His name was Mike. Garrett tore into a danish. Mike chomped on a stick of jerky with one hand and hoisted his piece with […]

Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll. And Tony Partytime.

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The hardest drug I’ve ever ingested is ecstasy. I took it three times over a two month span and then never again. The first time, I took it with a friend to try it out. The second time was at the Ultra Music Festival, which I had flown cross country to get to with two pills in the pocket of my jeans without ever considering how fucking stupid of an idea that was. If I had been checked at the airport, I would have had no defense. But I wasn’t, […]

What, Exactly, is The Goal Here?

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So we had this pro-Trump “free speech rally” down the street from my home and I tuned in to the livestream to watch a guy nicknamed “Stickman” – proudly named so because he beat someone over the head with a stick – talk about “taking over the West Coast and getting rid of all the liberals.” I grew up in a city where black people were openly called “nigger”, gays were ostracized and had their family lives ruined, and I was punished for having pre-marital sex, having a friend with […]