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If there is one indisputable rock in this world, it is the genius of Tom Waits

Renee didn’t introduce me to him the summer we met—I’d say he introduced us—but I’d never heard him before she placed the needle on “New Coat of Paint,” and her weight on me. I’m getting ahead of myself. Alice saw the clipping first, and I thought it would be great: spend the summer on the … Continue reading If there is one indisputable rock in this world, it is the genius of Tom Waits

It’ll be October in a few days, and I can already smell December.

It’s really deep in the air, and by the time the bell rings everything is warm and glowing again, but you don’t un-smell winter. Sharon White won’t talk to me anymore. Alice is in a different homeroom, and we sit together every day at lunch, but it’s hard. At least they let us out early … Continue reading It’ll be October in a few days, and I can already smell December.

What?

You’ve been staring at the creek for ten minutes. No I haven’t. What’s bugging you? I keep looking at the water. Now you have to tell me. I’m glad we’re on Alice’s roof for this. I got mine. No! I nod and look down. When?! Last Saturday. What was it like? All of a sudden … Continue reading What?