The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part five)

Posted by ractrose on 11 May 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part five)         Any fortune indicated within a base-up triangle was taken reversed; and the four directions of the wind were the houses into which one’s spirit had been born. The north, of the intellect; east, of love. The south, of concealment; west, of the flesh. I […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: four

Posted by ractrose on 10 May 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (four)               At Basse-Terre, we were reassured. At Pointe we found a thousand Martiniquais refugees, of whom around five hundred had come not wanting to stay at Fort-de-France, for being told it had been rendered uninhabitable by the previous day’s […]

Please Help (part three)

Short Stories Please Help (part three)             The glass door lurched itself open, and Milton spent some change on a 7-Up, chugging it down before moving from the hot foyer to the cold inside. It occurred to him now—too late—that maybe the guy’s instruction had been literal. Maybe there’d been […]

Assorted Opinions: Personal Territory

Posted by ractrose on 4 May 2018 in Nonfiction

Personal Territory: Some Environmental Don’ts             But not of the scolding variety.       If you have a little patch of yard, or a double-sized lot, or some rural acreage, you can help the planet by employing tactics that are as easy as doing nothing. Yes…exactly that.     […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: three

Posted by ractrose on 3 May 2018 in Translation

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique Preface continued (part three)                 To report… Now the fact, at Saint-Pierre, is that these inhabitants wanted to go. And if these seems to you too general, absolutely, take that portion of the inhabitants whose example had the chance of being followed…and […]

Please Help (part two)

Short Stories Please Help (part two)             “Give him the phone. I like it.” The crouching man stood. He gave Milton a face that didn’t smile, but suppressed amusement. “Yeah, bud…think you can remember what I look like?” “No, look…” Echoing her—the one who seemed, for their short acquaintance, almost […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 1 May 2018 in Fiction, Novels

The Totem-Maker Chapter Two Jealousy (part four)             It had been uneasy, my trailing after Mumas, charged to serve him…and to never mind him. “You will sort it out,” Cime said, with his good cheer. Yes. My hand, so careful, was not legible to Mumas. I scribbled, and ought to […]