My wife and I can’t agree on which shade of gray to paint the dining room. She blames my Baptist childhood.

“It makes communication difficult.”

My heart is in the wrong place, but my head bows in contrition.

She prefers …


While stationed in Spain, one of my friends had his car set on fire. They did it, I’m assuming, because he was American. They didn’t know he had a Confederate flag in his room. Come to think of it, he …

Horse Sense

When they set fire to the understory of Hitchcock Woods,
the firemen lean on green signs that read: “Burning Today.”
Their helmets forgotten or lost, they cannot help but blink
and think of themselves, too, flaring briefly in the shade…

Literature Quiz #1

1. Of Charles Dickens, Angie Dickinson, and Edgar Allan Poe, who isn’t your favorite author? Why?

2. Who isn’t your least favorite, and why?

3. What are the positives and negatives of each author? Please don’t comment on literary style, …

Harold Jaffe

Harold Jaffe is the author of 26 volumes of fiction, docufiction, and nonfiction including Goosestep; Death CaféSacred Outcast: Dispatches from IndiaRevolutionary BrainInduced ComaAnti-Twitter: 150 50-Word StoriesParis 60Jesus Coyote; 15

The Gap of Time

The Gap of Time

The Gap of Timeby Jeanette Winterson. Hogarth, 2015. $15, 273 pages.

The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s latest novel, is the first in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which features “cover” versions of Shakespearean classics. In Winterson’s case, she …