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Across Atlantic Ice: The Origin of America’s Clovis Culture

For decades the Clovis culture has been our anchor to understanding the peopling of the New World. It has been a touchstone for archaeologists, a rare “truth” and comfort regarding the unknowable archaeological past. They have recognized who was first in the Americas and whence they came. Even so, the interest in just how they […] Read more

ACX-Audible Audition — The Game Player

IN THE EARLY nineteen sixties I joined one of the most gratuitous and contemptible migrations in history: the middle class deserting the cities for the suburbs. I was not a willing traveler. Indeed, I thought my life (the loyal and charming affections I had won from my twelve-year-old city friends) was forever lost. And the […] Read more

Aesops fables: the tortoise and the ducks

The Tortoise, you know, carries his house on his back. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot leave home. They say that Jupiter punished him so, because he was such a lazy stay-at-home that he would not go to Jupiter’s wedding, even when especially invited. After many years, Tortoise began to wish he had […] Read more

All Things Bright And Beautiful By James Herriot

My present to Helen at the time of our marriage was a modest gold watch, and this had depleted my capital to the extent that a bank statement at the commencement of our married life revealed the sum of 25 shillings standing to my credit. Admittedly, I was a partner now, but when you start […] Read more

Allan Quatermain – INTRODUCTION

‘I have just buried my boy, my poor handsome boy of whom I was so proud, and my heart is broken. It is very hard having only one son to lose him thus, but God’s will be done. Who am I that I should complain? The great wheel of Fate rolls on like a Juggernaut […] Read more

Alzheimer’s with My Mother, Eileen ( hardcover edition)

Eight or so decades ago, Eilleen Webster was working a math problem on the blackboard of her Dayton, Ohio, classroom when an eraser bounced off a few feet to one side of her. The eraser had been launched by a classmate, Jim Dicke, who with characteristic directness had decided this would be a good way […] Read more

An adaptation from Would Like to Meet

As the bird’s beak bit the seat of her pants, Laura let out an ear-piercing scream. The chicken’s owner, Graham, was a step or two in front of her. He spun round alarmingly, “Hillary!” he shouted, “What happened? Are you OK?” Hillary is the offending chicken. “Well no! Laura got in my way … again!” […] Read more

An adaptation From, Would Like To Meet. A story by Karen

An adaptation from, Would like to meet. A story by Karen Holmes… When the chicken attacked her, ripping four inches of fabric out of her best trousers, she knew it was time to start telling the truth. As the bird’s beak made contact with the seat of her pants. she let out an ear-piercing scream […] Read more

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

His neck was in pain and lifting his hand to it found it horribly swollen. He knew that it had a circle of black where the rope had bruised it. His eyes felt congested; he could no longer close them. His tongue was swollen with thirst; he relieved its fever by thrusting it forward from […] Read more

Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr

“Hey, Hickie!” I called, seeing his head bobbing up from under the surface. “You wanna die of pneumonia, you found the right way to do it!” He gave me a grin, showing a big gap in his front teeth what had been left by two cops. “What’re ya thayin’, Thtevie?” he answered, his s’s getting […] Read more