"Oh Land of National Paradise, How Glorious Are Thy Bounties"
At midnight, Harper exits the dining room of the Old Faithful Inn and greets the distant geysers with a loud, resonant fart - take that, all ye fire-breathing monsters! - then breaks into a run across the steamy, trembling ground?
"Toast to George"
If anybody can come back from the dead, and then write about it, it will have to be George Plimpton
"Home and Away"
How different any house looks from outside and from within. I used to circle mansions finding out, through guessing and good luck, what acts of kindness kept the home fires warm and what was done in dens
I loitered under the arch to read the notes left there until a train passed through, pressing me against a mossy wall
"Upon Julia's Breasts"
Since our proscriptive age cannot abide the mannish gazing that's objectified the female shape (both gamine-slim and more curvaceous in its lineaments), I swore correctness
"Down through the Valley"
We reached the car, and I held the door open for him, but he didn't climb in right away. He stood there rocking on his crutch, gazing off at the sky and the fields and the fall trees starting to go the color of sherbet