The Walnut Patch

 Posted by on April 9, 2012  Add comments
Apr 092012

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. […]

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