What Happens Next?
Matters of Life and Death
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Iowa Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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...“Here We Were at Exactly This Moment” appeared in Agni. “Iowa Wine,” “The Life He Left Her,” and a section of “What We Hunger For” appeared in Tin House in slightly different forms. “Tenacity” Served” will appear in Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern lowship that aided in the writing of this book. Great thanks go as ...
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...in null early sinullties , and still extraordinarily lucky in my health, I became aware that three key and quite disparate parts colluded in a devilish partnership to simultaneously launch the beginning mischief of age. First, the cataracts that had long been ripening in both eyes had reached the stage where they needed to ...
Here We Were at Exactly This Moment
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And the sunlight’s disposition was the room’s in general, thanks to the nurses moving quickly about like focused, happy hosts. At the moment they were happily hosting two other patients besides myself, the three of us here for cataract surgeries. We were sitting comfortably in something like settees that fold down flat, when ...
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It was one of hundreds rising up out of the snow in long, straight rows like a bumper winter crop. There’d been no new storms for several days, the winter now refined to a wind that raked your face.my brother, Bob, and I had buried our father almost seven years before and where we’d come as children for our grandparents’ ...
What Was Served
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...tion and flattened out in all directions until it met the surrounding fields, then continued extremely as rows of corn and soybeans. A wide, pillared porch wrapped around the north and east sides of to sit for a time on the porch railing and look into the eastern distance. If my father and grandfather Bauer happened to be out ...
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...the top of the vines and saw new pale-green tendrils corkscrewing toward the sun. Their reaching for light was, of course, natural tropism. But if grape vines had a conscience (and I’ve heard winemakers in Napa and Sonoma sometimes speak of them as if they do—a conscience, a brain, and a resolute will) then their...
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...no resemblance to the man I later learned of from my mother’s recollections—the profane coal miner, working the Midwest’s meager bituminous lode, whose nightly drinking started once he’d finished scrubbing himself clean from his day beneath the ground, and continued through supper and his remaining waking...
The Life He Left Her
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...and some months after his death, while visiting her, I walked from her apartment to the village cemetery, a distance of two blocks, to look at the gray marble gravestone. It had just recently been set. Reaching it, I saw that its polished face was relatively plain: just their names, and touches of scrollwork in the upper...
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...This was Dr. Matzkin’s way of introducing herself, holding up my X-rays as she entered the exam room. There was a kind of collegial jauntiness in her tone that made me think for a moment she was about to show me someone else’s...
What We Hunger For
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...in tnull sprinnullof 1971nulli was wornullnnullas a lowly editor at Playboy when the executive editor called me into his office. Sit-ting behind his desk, a thin, perennially agitated man wreathed as always in cigarette smoke, he excitedly announced that M.F.K. Fisher? Who’s he?” by relaying her one demand. She’d told him ...
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...intravenous sedatives to take her dreamily. She had a long, bony row of tiny backsplash tiles. Separated from her by a curtain sat a man still a bit postsurgically stupid. He was robotically drinking hair was mussed as a nest. Tape held a protective patch over his I recognized the muffin-eating man’s state of still-returning ...
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Page Count: 168
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Iowa and the Midwest Experience
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth