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PROOF: Issue 4 (pp. 44-45)

PROOF: Issue 4 (pp. 46-47)

A short story
Oh, Thing of Beauty

On the first day of his retirement, Mort tried having his cake and eating it too.

By Michele Herman

Illustrated with a photo by Kelly Hamilton


Excerpt: Between the two of them, the Auerbachs had no ovaries or appendixes, one gallbladder and a lot of fading short-term memory. And while Ruth Auerbach had lost most of her near vision, her husband, Mort, had never had much far. With this many absences on their attendance sheet, it was no wonder they failed to notice, on a Monday morning in April, the art class that had set up easels and palettes and three-legged camp stools all around their backyard. . . .

About the writer: Michele Herman writes fiction, essays and feature articles, and teaches fiction. She lives in New York City’s Greenwich Village with her husband and two sons.


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