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This Is Not the End

Ten Short Pieces

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Author: Shelby Davis
Published: 2009
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,205 / 63 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.8
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 870
Added to site: 2009.12.12 26009
License: by-nc-sa

A couple decide to divorce themselves from mainstream culture in anattempt to find food and life for later years, a family watches homemovies as tension and apathy collect, and a bizarre intersection offolk music and mental illness is explored. A college student developshis own brand of pretension, a man discovers a life on a city bus thathe’d never thought possible, and a grown son attempts to make meaningof his mother’s shopping lists. Plus four more.

Contents: lists -- all ye know on earth -- death and mumbling -- immanence -- insect -- ron -- the appreciative life -- harold -- preservation -- the thing with feathers

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mor really a separate thing, that it could do that, exulting in its victory, like the winner in combat jumping up and down on the corpse of his opponent?

I hoped no one would notice me. It was a fairly large group, about thirty in all, and I was wearing black like the rest. The immediate family would probably recognize me if they did notice: we had exchanged words over the months of the deceased's decline; I had invented a backstory about my own aunt's convalescence to explain my perennial presence.

The retarded man was also standing in the back, opposite me. He was about ten feet behind the tightly packed group of mourners. It had begun to rain, a terribly clichéd graveside drizzling rain, and the mourners were tightly packed under the funeral-home provided canopy. The retarded man stood in the rain, one arm wrapped around the other, which awkwardly pointed down. He constantly shifted on his feet, as if the sound of spattering rain had awakened his bladder in him and he was fighting its



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