One More for the Road, 2002
1. First Day, 2002
It was while he was eating breakfast that Charles Douglas glanced at his newspaper and saw the date. He took another bite of toast and looked again and put the paper down.
"Oh, my God," he said.
Alice, his wife, startled, looked up. "What?"
"The date. Look at it! September fourteenth."
"So?" Alice said.
"The first day of school!"
"Say that again," she said.
"The first day of school, you know, summer vacation's over, everyone back, the old faces, the old pals."
9. Heart Transplant, 1981
"Would I what?" he asked, in the dark, lying there easily, looking at the ceiling.
"You heard me," she said, lying there beside him with similar ease, holding his hand, but staring rather than looking at that ceiling, as if there were something there that she was trying to see. "Well. . . ?"
"Say it again," he said.
"If," she said, after a long pause, "if you could fall in love with your wife again . . . would you?"
"What a strange question."
"Not so strange. This is the best of all possible worlds, if the world ran the way worlds should run. Wouldn't it make sense, finally, for people to fall in love again and live happily ever after? After all, you were once wildly in love with Anne."
7. Quid Pro Quo, 2000
8. After the Ball, 2002
9. In Memoriam, 2002
10. Tête-à-Tête, 2002
We were walking along the boardwalk in Ocean Park one summer evening, arm in arm, my friend Sid and me, when we saw a familiar sight on one of the benches just ahead, not far from the surf.
"Look," I said, "and listen."
We looked and listened.
There was this old Jewish couple, he I would say about seventy and she maybe sixty-five, moving their mouths and hands at the same time, everyone talking, nobody listening.
"I told you more than once," he said.
"What did you tell? Nothing!" she said.
7. The Dragon Danced at Midnight, 1966
8. The Nineteenth, 2002
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9. Beasts, 2002
10. Autumn Afternoon, 2002
11. Where All is Emptiness There is Room to Move, 2002
12. One-Woman Show, 2002
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13. The Laurel and Hardy Alpha Centauri Farewell Tour, 2000
14. Leftovers, 2002
15. One More for the Road, 2002
16. Tangerine, 2002
17. With Smiles as Wide as Summer, 1961
18. Interim (Time Intervening), 1947
Very late on this night, the old man came from his house with a flashlight in his hand and asked of the little boys the object of their frolic. The little boys gave no answer, but tumbled on in the leaves.
The old man went into his house and sat down and worried. It was three in the morning. He saw his own pale, small hands trembling on his knees. He was all joints and angles, and his face, reflected above the mantel, was no more than a pale cloud of breath exhaled upon the mirror.
3. The Enemy in the Wheat, 1994
4. Fore!, 2001
5. My Son, Max, 1993
6. The F.Scott/Tolstoy/Ahab Accumulator, 2002
7. Well, What Do You Have to Say for Yourself?, 2002
8. Diane de Forêt, 2002
9. The Cricket on the Hearth, 2002