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Two Wives

Two Wives was originally published on Fictionaut in September 2013. It has been significantly rewritten and is included in my collection: Considered Fiction.

Two Wives

Two women sat at a small outside table at a neighborhood restaurant waiting for the same man. The older woman, older by only twenty-four hours, was tall and slender, almost anorexic. She wore a newsboy cap, which covered her thinning short coif. She had large white teeth that were prominent when she laughed, which she did in a theatrical way. She was wearing a blue work shirt, Calvin Klein jeans and Brevitt boots. The combination of tight jeans and heeled boots accentuated her shapely hips and stems.

Her companion, junior to her by twenty-four hours, was a raven-haired beauty with, as they say, good bones and a wineglass figure. Her perfect complexion and classic high-cheek-boned face were framed by a crimson wide-brimmed hat decorated with a feather and a gold butterfly pin. She wore a white ruffled blouse with a straight black skirt. Her ensemble was accessorized by an Hermès scarf and black sling-back heels. Neither woman would ever see fifty again.

The man they were waiting for was the painter, Jack Mahler. Jack had been married to the older woman, his ex-wife, for three years. His current spouse of twenty-five years was the younger woman.

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RASH, A novella of love, revenge, perversion, and the paranormal

Rash, inspired by the classic Pygmalion myth, is a story of love, revenge, perversion, vanity, and the supernatural. Jack Mahler, a painter and sculptor, befriends Margaux Howland at the local gym. Margaux is in a loveless marriage with a powerful judge, Leland Howland. The judge commissions Jack to make a portrait statue of his wife. Margaux and Jack begin a love affair. When the Judge discovers the affair, he sends Margaux to their Santa Fe home. The gardener at the Santa Fe home, Carlos, is a well-regarded shaman. Observing the unhappy Margaux, Carlos uses his powers to bedevil the judge. He also gives the statue magical properties. The vanity of human behavior clashes with the power of the paranormal as the story unfolds in unexpected ways.

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15 Years Ago: September 11, 2001, 10:30 a.m. Varick Street

September 11, 2001, 10:28 a.m. Looking South on Varick Street as North World Trade Center Tower collapses. Painting by DR Harris
September 11, 2001, 10:28 a.m. Looking South on Varick Street as North World Trade Center Tower collapses. Painting by DR Harris September 12, 2011. Artrage on iPad.

Fifteen years ago, my wife and I watched planes fly into the World Trade Center from our Park Slope, Brooklyn apartment. We spent most of the day assisting refugees from lower Manhattan trudging past our building. The image of people fleeing the collapsing North Tower remained in my head.

Five Portraits from Homer’s Iliad

Achille's Rage
                             Achilles’s Rage

Acrylic on wood panel 20″x 20″
DR Harris 2012

Agamemnon
           Agamemnon

Acrylic on Strathmore Multi-Media 300g Paper 12″ x 6″
DR Harris 2012

Ajax At War
                                  Ajax At War

Acrylic on Wood Panel 20″x 20″
DR Harris 2012

Nestor
               Nestor

Acrylic on Strathmore Multi-Media 300g Paper 12″x 6″
DR Harris 2012

Priam in Tears
        Priam in Tears

Acrylic on Strathmore Multi-Media 300g Paper 12″x 6″
DR Harris 2012

Lending Books

In the late 60’s, I lived on West 71st Street in Manhattan and borrowed books from a store.  It was a stationary/news store. In the back of the store were books for purchase and a big section of books available to borrow. It was located on West 72nd Street between West End and Broadway, next to where I had my shirts laundered. There was a five-dollar membership fee. Books were free for three days and ten cents a week afterward.

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