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Laika

Babette came to the home the same week we got a television. They arrived three days apart, both dropped unceremoniously at the front door. Madame Durance never bothered much with the girls but was very put out by the lack …

This Side Up

For your purposes the machine inside
is a woman. She has been programmed to carry

but never initiate conversation. She comes equipped
with endless knowledge, from gapping spark plugs

to the Maxixe’s lifted kick, and can recite Jesus’ forty-six
parables, …

Bond

As with any illegal drug, Bond came to me through a friend, my officemate at the graphic design firm where I produced diagrams for mathematics textbooks. Larry was a compact, cherub-faced man with an inappropriate mane of long, thinning blond