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This is a very short story I wrote years and years ago for an assignment in University. I think it was supposed to be a study on crafting a story through dialogue.  It’s nothing special and relatively cliché, but I enjoyed toying with the crime/quasi-hardboiled genre.

Smoke encircled his head like a drunken thought balloon from a comic book as he dabbed away the last surviving ash of his cigarette.  Reemus wasn’t used to it at all, these recent nights.  They left him worn out and lethargic, but obviously that didn’t account for his superiors.  Sitting in the precinct office, it had just skimmed past nine o’clock in the evening and the Detective was staring at the phone.  He was hoping for a ring to interrupt his Lieutenant, who stood over his desk, howling in raspy anger.

“Now hear this Detective: you’d better get your act together quick.  Any more of this shit and it’ll make the papers.  Headlines make me look bad and when I look bad, the city does too.  And when that happens, I’ll be out of a job…then who knows what the Commissioner will do to your sorry ass!”

Reemus smirked sharply.  “Uh huh,” he acknowledged.  He leaned back in his chair and took one long drag from a newly lit cigarette.

Uh huh is right.  Now get down to the West end, there’s another mess to check out.”  The Lieutenant walked away in a flurry. Continue reading

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Always Keep Your Dizzy Eyes Forward: A Review of Let the Great World Spin

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It is an odd, sheltered and commonly nascent thought when considering how many people we are tangentially connected to throughout every waking day that we will never discover, meet or know.  But they’re far closer to us than we imagine. That’s what Let the Great World Spin is all about, in my eyes: the people we affect or those who affect us without either ever knowing full-well what is occurring.

McCann’s National Book Award-winning novel is set up by the real life August 7, 1974 “artistic crime of the century”, when Philippe Petit walked a high-wire between the World Trade Center Twin towers. This is the main backdrop in front of which stands the rest of the events in the story, featuring a dozen or so characters and how their lives are interwoven, spliced, juxtaposed and paralleled in and around the great city of New York. But it’s really only a novel insofar as a dozen random people in an elevator are a novel. Continue reading