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Winesburg, Indiana: Randy Steeple


Sam Martone


All sorts come to tell their stories. Grudge Wright makes bad jokes about his bad jokes, safe here from heckler-thrown tomatoes. Reverend Dave recounts the day he saved Pastor John from strychnine poisoning, thanks to the Lord's divine intervention, of course. Countless citizens come with conspiracy theories and claims of abduction, waving blurry photos of UFOs, swearing the device in their hands, though it looks like an eggbeater, is actually an alien probe. Sometimes I feel like the personal psychiatrist for the whole town, but no one comes here to lie on a red couch and work out their problems. No one comes here to talk to me.

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Note: "This story is exclusively available in the anthology, Winesburg, Indiana, published by Breakaway Books, an imprint of Indiana University Press, in the spring of 2015. Available wherever fine books are sold, borrowed, or used as dowry."