Not long ago I rediscovered what I believe to be the first short story I ever wrote, when I was fourteen. The inspiration came from something I read in Charles Mill Gayley's Classic Myths in English Literature and Art (1893). In the discussion of Pan, the nature god, Gayley mentions that "according to an early Christian tradition, when the heavenly host announced to the shepherds the birth of Christ, a deep groan, heard through the isles of Greece, told that great Pan was dead, that the dynasty of Olympus was dethroned, and the several deities sent wandering in cold and darkness"...Read More
I was home to Slovakia for my first summer after college, feeling thoroughly confused by my bicontinental life and the challenges of reintegrating into my family after almost a year away with only a Christmas visit in the middle; not to mention trying to remember how to speak Slovak and figure out where I fit into the lives of my friends when things had changed so much for all of us...Read More
They called from the jail:
Tomorrow morning a woman will be shot.
It’s necessary to give her last rites.
So they called from the jail...