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Unfinished Swansong

Unfinished Swansong

Undraped feminine figure; that is, even if infatuated with brevity, David still insists on putting it in three other words: the female nude. Yes, the…

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Feigning Mirth

Feigning Mirth

There is something about these big towns, they allure you, promise you something beautiful and make you chase these hopes and dreams feverishly and then,…

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Last Working Day

Last Working Day

Murthy was a second division clerk in one of the government offices; knowing which one makes no difference because most of them are alike in…

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The Prosecutor's Daughter

The Prosecutor’s Daughter

Salim Bouhadi, who used to be the police chief in Tiznit until he left in disgrace, hurried up the dirt road away from the bluffs….

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Terminal

Terminal

I have no use for the daily news,
wasting away the protracted minutes,
waiting for the triumph of diagnosis.

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Vincent Van Gogh's Shoes

Vincent Van Gogh’s Shoes

No pretensions here.
No ornamentation of
high art.
No gods or kings,
No nymphs or castles.

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All Through Mind

All Through Mind

You can start at the memories
Of putting on your dad’s shirts
Pretending to be a detective

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More Shores

More Shores

Is that Samisen, the swish of geisha?
Those strings, that fragrance…
A tattoo in silk’s fluidity,
The clear mystery of sheer notes strummed

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The Diamond Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

The Diamond Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

Every month, The Reading Room showcases a short story, or excerpts of a book, from some of the greatest writers the world has ever seen.

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