Race This Race

Fourth Genre

“We are racing toward the airport. The rising sun glints off every stalk in the cornfield and makes an ocean foam out of the tassels. My partner, Doreen, is driving and I am sipping on tea...”

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“I went to a Catholic all-girl high school and I’m not sure what this has meant— what it offered then in terms of a foundation for who I am now. ”

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The Olympic Oval

Fifth Wednesday Journal

“The truth now is that we are all hanging out at the Utah Olympic Oval. It is New Year’s Eve and my mother says it is like a dream come true for her. My nephew, her grandson, is a speed skater...”

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The Drought Just Then


“The CTA trains loomed close, and the dust came in. It added to the effect. The apartment was rather like a desert; the damp mattress, an oasis we lay on...”

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City of the Million Lights

Contrary Online

“I was talking to Cherise that night at KFC, trying to figure nice people out—and as I was talking to her about everyone nice she knews, and I knew, I was wondering if Cherise would be my new best friend...”

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The Real Estate Renaissance

New Madrid | 2010

“I was on the boat that evening for a ride, more or less. If I had a role, it was the quiet observer, or perhaps it was just being part of a tribe and feeling secure in my tribal lot—this my city, this my harbor, this my family, on this, our boat, on this milky evening, with the sun just now...”

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The Olympians

New South | Summer 2010

“The old swimming pool transfixed us. At some point we all noticed that there were gray spots in the water, perhaps we saw the matter at first as decomposing leaves, but then some of our shoulders slumped and some of our heads dipped lower as we realized the tissued disks of the floating matter...”

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