PAUL HOSTOVSKY's Unlikely Loves : Exegesis
PAUL HOSTOVSKY : Boy with Father with Foreign Accent
LYNNE DOUGLASS : Inertia
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PAUL HOSTOVSKY's Unlikely Loves
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We couldn't have been more than twelve or thirteen, sitting on that green bench in the late sixties or early seventies, me and Michael Zucker who was much more savvy and world-weary than I, when I asked him to please explain the meaning of the words to a song by Carly Simon, who was simply gorgeous—that much was plain—after we'd resolved the essential question of whether or not she was wearing a bra in that photo of her with the blue top and thick lips on her album cover. "I don't get it," I said. "'You're so vain. You probably think this song is about you.' But the song IS about him, isn't it?" I asked Zucker, holding my palm up in the air like one who is trying to ascertain the truth about whether or not it has started to rain. Zucker looked away then, gingerly fingering the green slats, as though he were reading the carved names of the lovers and obscenities tactually. Then he took a deep breath and exhaled miserably, took the album cover out of my hands and gazed awhile at Carly Simon who was gorgeous, famous, braless, and older than me and Zucker put together. "That's the point," he said. "She's in love with him."
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PAUL HOSTOVSKY
Boy with Father with Foreign Accent
My father's name is Egon, pronounced egg on. He grew up in Czechoslovakia so he pronounces a lot of his words wrong. I help him with that and in turn he helps me spell Czechoslovakia. I'm the only kid in my class who can. I'm writing it now on the placemat at the International House of Pancakes. We're international, me and Egon, sitting across from each other in our booth like nations at the table. A language is a dialect with an army, so I drill him in the names of all the syrups, and he drills me in C-z-e-c-h-o-s-l-o-v-a-k-i-a while we wait for my pancakes and his eggs. "Egg on your face," I say to him, and he reaches for a napkin. "It's just an expression," I explain, and he asks me what it means. I say I'm not sure, but whenever I hear it it makes me think of him. "You have Egon on your face," he says. And I patiently correct him. But he says again, "You have Egon on your face—you have my nose and mouth and chin. Egon on your face— and you can't wipe him off."
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Exegesis Boy with Father with Foreign Accent Inertia  
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LYNNE DOUGLASS
Inertia
Off work at the bottom of my beer i stare at the new rug wonder who i am why i am here in the back corners of my ears NBC says it is 8:30 can't play won't move no escape these words lend a shred of validation that i exist.
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