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Once Upon a Time in Long Beach

Once upon a time in Long Beach my Ennio Morriconi theme introduced me everywhere, wrote my ticket, lucid crazies on the street would stop gibbering and swoon – I met a Brooklyn ballet dancer sauntering down Broadway and our spheres of causality venned together, centered on a man who put two quarters in a newspaper [...]

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True North

For a moment Ignacio forgets himself, forgets the wails of the baby next door that pierce the clapboard apartment walls, forgets the tension in the space just above his shoulder blades that flares with each unattended scream. From his third-floor window he is looking at the sidewalk below and the rain, just enough to mat [...]

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War Stories

Growing up, I remember hearing Mother tell stories about an artillery shell exploding on Long Beach Boulevard as a result of a supposed air raid during World War II. While doing genealogical research in a local newspaper, I found a published report of the incident. According to the Long Beach Argus, the anti-aircraft batteries were [...]

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The Matador

My maintenance man is having heart surgery tomorrow. He’s 81 years old and he told me this morning that if he doesn’t wake up it won’t be a big deal. He shrugs when he says this, like he’s mentioning dry wall. It’s sunny for the first time in days and he’s looking at the blue [...]

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