By Stan Rogal

If the ghosts of Woody Allen and David Mamet have been to be had (at the early date) to drift throughout the fiction of 1 author, that author must be Stan Rogal. In associated brief tales imbued with wry humour, brutally frank honesty and caustically banal discussion, men and women argue, make love and taunt one another mercilessly. interpreting Rogal's tales is like performing on this women's proposition: really easy and so relaxing. yet just like the international of theatre Rogal invokes in lots of of his tales, the place it really is occasionally challenging to inform no matter if individuals are remarkable actors, or in the event that they are literally feeling what they're telling you, those tales droop your disbelief so easily that you simply placed the publication down and surprise on the seduction that has been 'performed'.

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Stay up until morning. " I shake my head OK, not knowing what else to say or do. Barb reaches out and grabs my hand. "You have to stay here tonight. With us. We have to keep ourselves awake until morning. It's the only way" They take my silence to indicate agreement. Greg puts on coffee and we sit for the next hour, not having anything to say, what with Barb having retreated into herself. After several coffees I make a suggestion. "Look. I'm wide awake. We don't all have to be sitting here like a bunch of zombies.

Turned out to be her mother. She sews my outfits, Sasha informed me. Says she doesn't approve of my line of work or my lifestyle. Meanwhile, she gives my old man the boot and comes to live with me. I pay all the bills while she sits on her fat ass bitching all day Fuck her. She said this loud enough for her mother to hear. We went for brunch, then a walk through the park. What did we talk about? The regular stuff: lives, dreams, weather... I remember we held hands and laughed a lot. She had to be at a gig early afternoon.

Greg somehow manages a serious face and attempts to reassure her. "OK. " He places a hand on her shoulder and she shudders. He motions to me. "We're going to go out on the porch and talk about what to do. You sit here and try to calm down, OK? " He doesn't need to tell her, since she seems to have become a part of her chair. Barb nods and Greg and I get up Tell Him You're Married 31 and head to the porch. Outside, we look at each other and fall into another laughing fit. We can't help ourselves.

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