The Conference on Beautiful Moments
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
JONATHAN AND LILLIAN
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One couldnât really say that Lillianâs dinner parties had attained legendary status primarily because her guests (rarely more than nine and, on this evening, seven) were generally discreet, talking about them mainly to each other. There were several reasons for their unusual discretion. First, at any given party half the guests were as famous, or ...
THE SECOND FLOOR
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âThe Snowman,â he said, to say something. âGive me ten snowmen.â He had always been jealous of Cary Grant anyway and hardly needed the reminder. While he was waiting for his change the rotund, red-faced woman in the line beside him was presented with the same choice by her postal clerk. She hesitated a second, blushed, then said âCary Grantâ in an ...
VIVIAN AND SID BREAK UP
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The last three weeks Sid had called Vivian every day, sometimes more than once and never at the same time, making her worry that eventually he would call at such a bad time sheâd have to tell him to try back later, which sheâs sure heâd take in the worst possible ...
ROBERT AND HIS WIFE
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Iâd been coming to the meetings for some time. I would sit and listen and occasionally talk from the couch or straight-back chair in a poorly lit living room. We had rotating hosts but all the living rooms looked more or less alike, with paintings and posters and plants and cats and Satie or Miles Davis in the background when we first walked ...
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They were in the bedroom, where there wasnât much light either, smoking a joint. The room didnât seem to have any secrets or even any personality, she thought. There werenât any pictures anywhere, or even a TV. Just a generic kind of bureau and bed table, where the ashtray was, and a mirror on the wall. It looked more like a nondescript motel room than ...
UNCLE SIMON AND GENE
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They were just where they werenât supposed to be. It was clearly roped off, so how could the man not know it, Simon thought, digging his nails into the palms of his hands as he watched the two of them staring at the train layout. And what an example to set for his little boy, that was the worst part. It was just as if the man had stared into his ...
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Iâll go first then, Captain, thatâs what you want, isnât it?â Rider said yes, though heâd never said heâd wanted him to go first, hadnât even been asked the question, and here was Anderson already seizing it from him. Wasnât that the way things always were, someone seizing something then pretending they werenât interested in what theyâd just ...
DATES IN HELL
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When I was a child I carried a park inside me. It must have been in my mind but it felt like it was in my body. There were different parts to the park and at a given moment I might visit any one of them. One part was a field where it was usually autumn. There were gold and red leaves blowing over the grass. In one section of the field, which ...
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Then the glass wall returned and we walked closer to the rail, but I kept my hand in his anyway. I saw birds lit up in gold, the giant Christmas tree outside with the star on top, and lights draped over the tree like a long necklace it was ...
THE CONFERENCE ON BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS
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From both his reading and the interviews heâd conducted with former members, Dansforth was convinced that in recent years the conference had undergone a major change. What had begun twenty years ago as a celebration of beautiful, transformative moments in the arts had in essence become a celebration of ...
Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2007
Series Title: Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction
Series Editor Byline: John T. Irwin, General Editor