As you may have seen from previous posts, Curator John Brantingham regularly blogs for the Walnut section of the Patch. Here’s a preview of his latest work with a link to click through —
“I had just finished giving a reading in Long Beach a couple of months ago and was standing a little apart from everyone. It was a hot room, and I’d been wearing a suit and speaking for a long hour, and I think people were giving me a comfortable distance because I am a sweater in the best of times. In the worst, I’m a stick of butter on a hot day.
“So you work at Mt. SAC?” someone said behind me.
I turned to find a close talker – someone who invades your personal space – standing within three fingers’ width of me. He was smiling broadly. He was wearing a purple shirt. He smelled of lavender and foot.
“Yeah,” I said, taking a step back.
He matched my movement, staying close, tinting my sweat with an acrid hint of fear. […] ”