The Mirrors (part eleven)

The Mirrors (part eleven)                             Always it had been, until that year his going away became the end… No more the glamour of travel and return, her father’s familiar absence. Always, a sort of stupidity. She could charge herself with this and […]

Yoharie: Because Society (part three)

Yoharie Because Society (part three)               Society hadn’t yet crafted the new rules. Or cancel yet. Society follows culture, and the culture stagnates. A woman can ask a man for a date, or a man she dates for his hand… Push on, stalwart feminist… But, Giarma thought, your place […]

My Blog Week: July 19 to July 25

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   Misremembrance of Things Past         I have a reason for writing opinion pieces. Being opinionated, of course, but also to counter that hazard creative people know, a […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Paris)

A Figure from the Common Lot Paris (two)                   “But I am never there. I only sleep there.” Once more Gremot had shrugged when Broughton, calling attention to his cough, asked, “You do not find the arrangement rather―to state the matter bluntly―squalid?” In the indifferent way in […]

Excerpt: A Figure from the Common Lot (Passage)

A Figure from the Common Lot Passage (one)                   He did not know what he was saying to Bellet. He was making an excuse of stopping here, clinging to conversation with a man who had been something of a friend. “You see it’s no difference…they don’t look […]

Mathilde Alanic: Shine! (part one)

Mathilde Alanic Shine! (part one)                           Mathilde Alanic (1864-1948), a native of Angers, authored around thirty novels. She was a member of the Society of Letters; she was also an inductee into the Legion of Honor. Her work belonged to the category of […]

Eight: Honor (poetry series)

    Honor   First no one gets blamed, no one can You have honor enough to shoulder the gross mistakes of humankind You embody discarded virtues No one wants to drown or burn count seconds in a broken plane Om! (sob) Om! (sob) Om!…wait hemmed in by traffic The tsunami wave, the nuclear cloud […]

The Mirrors (part ten)

The Mirrors (part ten)                               x.   The mansion sat hard by the walk, older than the widening of its street for the rails. But it must never have had much frontage, nothing like the walled yards and sprawling shade trees […]

Assorted Opinions: Stupid Loyalty

Assorted Opinions Stupid Loyalty                 Scenes from America’s protests, which began with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and continue as general dissent under the banner of Black Lives Matter, play onscreen like a surreal clown show, tragic and brutal, while the enforcement conduct often seems comedically […]

My Blog Week: July 12 to July 18

All the Latest from Torsade!                             A Word on the Week   The Burned-Out Asset       Civil Rights giant John Lewis died this week. Resistance Twitter (how we need Resistance Twitter these days!) got busy with this video, showing Florida […]