5 Stories and a Piece of You & Me by Padgett Powell PDF

By Padgett Powell

ISBN-10: 0062235761

ISBN-13: 9780062235763

A suite of five items by means of Padgett Powell plus an excerpt of the coming near near You & Me to be released firstly as an Ecco Solo brief booklet.

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His body, too, is cold; the limbs are possessed by rigor; the eyes, two stones beneath the lowered lids. His smooth cheeks bear traces of the lather the barber left there before he, too, disappeared. Was it to shave a corpse that the barber was called? I stare at the sheeted body—my own eyes glazed with weariness and—something else—a fascination for this ghastly sight, for the tracery etched in ice by death’s deliberate hand, and for the freezing seawater that is welling up from the bowels of the ship—from the engine room, in which no man any longer weeps.

Coward is also a sensation; but his fame is not so ethereal as the Mummy’s, and the glass wall between him and his admirers is made of sugar, like the saloon windows through which cowboy actors crash. The Mummy’s window is of an imperial hardness. Tempered by the occult, it admits light, looks, even handshakes (seldom, however, offered because of 58 Love Among the Particles & Other Stories the unpleasant dryness of his hands)—but little to affirm, for him, life. Since his arrival in New York, he has come to understand the degree of his separation: it is for this, perhaps, that he weeps.

Like anyone, we are all curious about evil. ” He unties a marbled portfolio and draws out a copy of The Illustrated Police Budget, whose headline shrieks in seventytwo-point Copperplate: fiend slaughters jekyll heir during wedding night: heart torn from body found in nearby mews The Monster in Winter 31 With more reserve, an edition of Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper announces: frederick drayton to hang for unspeakable acts “He wanted to make a spectacle of himself and profit by it,” the secretary concludes drily, like a magistrate at an inquest.

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