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Monday, May 27, 2019

M³ Harsh World


            With each passing story in Genesis, the narrative is becoming more vivid and more visceral. The stories of creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah are behind us when there were only allusions to horrors and almost always a clear-cut answer.

Friday, May 24, 2019

F³ Welcoming


“What’ll it be?” The bartender asked, not looking at me.
The man could see everywhere, like a lizard, without moving a muscle.
“My tab still good?”
I hadn’t paid it in weeks.
“It is to me,”
“Double scotch, neat.”
In short order, it was up, and I sipped at it with an eye to the mirror, watching. She had a habit, a bad habit, of appearing out of nowhere to smack people with that wand of hers, and I didn’t want Ma to catch me off-guard.

Monday, May 20, 2019

M³ Again, Rape Is Bad


            Okay, so, there are a number of similarities between the Bible and Greek mythology throughout, but this ain’t one of them. Genesis, with the story of Sodom and Lot’s daughters sends the message that rape is bad. In the first instance it’s the idea that raping and breaking hospitality is bad. In the second, it’s that incestual rape is bad. This time, there are no qualifiers. Rape is bad.

Friday, May 17, 2019

F³ Magic Words


Prohibition had ended, but the Midnight was still a speakeasy. It had expanded to all sorts of vices in the city, and became famous for the only place in the city where hardened lowlifes should share suds with cops taking their weekly bribes from girls on their laps. It wasn’t all the cops, but even the most righteous DA and chief of police wouldn’t dream of trying to bust anyone in this place. Ma had too much muscle in high places.

Monday, May 13, 2019

M³ If One Is Good, More Is Better?

            Okay, so we have to take a minute here to talk about the marriage thing. From Adam through Noah, we have monogamous relationships. One man, one woman, the end. Even Cain is only mentioned at having one woman, an unnamed wife (though some rumors and questionable sources name Lilith as his wife).

Friday, May 10, 2019

F³ Getting Answers


“Who the hell are you?” Schumacher asked.
“Call me Slim.”
“What kind of ____ name is Slim?” another apprenticed cursed.
“It your chances of getting out of this without more violence,” I said.

Monday, May 6, 2019

M³ Trickses on Jacob


            So, Jacob wins out over Esau. The most clever and deserving wins and takes all. Now down to the business of his own life, Jacob wants to settle down and falls in love with Rachel, the second daughter of Laban. In order to prove his worth, he serves Laban for seven years. Then, on what is supposed to be his nuptial night, Laban gives him Leah, the eldest daughter, not Rachel.
            This is why it’s important to have the lights on at first.

Friday, May 3, 2019

F³ The New Lead


My second perusal of the yellow pages led me south to a hellish place filled with iron works and other industrial places. The heat from the furnaces drove away all the fog and set me to sweating so much that I had to take off my hat and wipe my brow. Schumacher’s Glassworks was a small operation as far as it went, without even a front man. I just walked back to the workshop where a half dozen people were working.

Monday, April 29, 2019

M³ Bucking the Trend


            So far, we have had Cain and Esau demonstrate to us that the first-born son is not always the best one. The Bible is very carefully starting a pattern, one that we will see continued with Jacob’s many sons. To the Hebrews, it is more important that the person most deserving, the one who works the hardest be the one to inherit, regardless of birth order.

Friday, April 26, 2019

F³ Gift Exchange


After Charming had left, I developed the pictures in the closet I made into a dark room. It was cheaper and quicker than taking ‘em in. Good thing, too as it gave me my first lead. The flash bulb had hit the right spot on the inside of the shoe’s heel. It looked like something was engraved there I had looked on the underside of the shoe itself, but not the heel. Using a glass, I got it big enough to read: Schumacher.