creative writing

New Fiction

December 10, 2012

. My short story “La Revolución” is at the Ampersand Review. I spent a week. Gary worked as a critic for a music magazine, so even when he had to work, I tagged along. The music was everywhere. Gary and Pilar, his second wife, lived in Miramar, a wide open, breezy Havana suburb. They ran [...]


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A Geology of Birds

May 13, 2012

. My parents were fortunate enough to live long lives, my mother, Helen, until 88, my father even longer. For the last eleven years of my mother’s life, after some decades of their wandering and separation, the three children had come together again in the same city. The birds had flocked together once more. Mother [...]


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Who

October 29, 2010

Arriving home from an evening out a few weeks ago, I sat down at the computer for one last check of email, Facebook, Twitter, all the disparate and convergent paths of communication. I discovered an email that made me cry out. (How soon, already, in resemblance to a long-form letter of lore seems an email [...]


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Sunday Matinee – What We Were Thinking Of (4)

September 26, 2010

What We Were Thinking Of A Play in Two Acts by A. Jay Adler ————— —————— Part Four The Story So Far David Rich, professor of literature, minor cultural celebrity, receives a mysterious letter from his childhood friend Bud Powell, who was alienated from his father, Charles, a CIA officer, over the politics of the [...]


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Go to the Theater this Sunday

September 3, 2010

Last Sunday on the sad red earth saw the thirteenth and concluding installment of the film noir Double Down. (You can catch up with DD here. Man murders his rich identical twin, assumes the twin’s identity, and pursues the same woman, a detective, as a lover – what’s not to like?) Beginning this weekend, the [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Finale)

August 29, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Finale: the Dealer Calls the Hand The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters old friends and begins a new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. Old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack [...]


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Story Board

August 23, 2010

The best New Yorker story I’ve read in some time. From “The Dredgeman’s Revelation,” by Karen Russel, the story of Louis Thanksgiving: The dredge barge clanked downstream with its dipper handle swinging. For the first time in his short life, Louis had real friends, all sorts travelling alongside him into the glade—calm men, family men, [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 12)

August 22, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Twelve The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters old friends and begins a new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. Old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack that he help them [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 11)

August 15, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Eleven The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters old friends and begins a new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. Old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack that he help them [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 10)

August 8, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Ten The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters old friends and begins a new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. Old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack that he help them [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 9)

August 1, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Nine The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters old friends and begins a new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. Old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack that he help them [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 8)

July 25, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Eight The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters old friends and begins a new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. Old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack that he help them [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 7)

July 18, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Seven The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters old friends and begins a new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. Old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack that he help them [...]


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Holiday Matinee – Double Down (Part 6)

July 5, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Five The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters old friends and begins a new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. Old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack that he help them [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 5)

June 27, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Five The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters old friends and begins a new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. Old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack that he help them [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 4)

June 20, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Four The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He encounters some old friends and begins new love with Evelyn “Sonny” Morales, a detective. The old friends, Kyle and Ray, propose to Jack that he help [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 3)

June 13, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part Three The Story So Far Jack Miles, rock n’ roll roadie, has returned home looking for a job. He meets old friends and begins new love. Her name is Sonny. She’s a detective. Jack’s estranged identical twin is about to be rich. The old friends, [...]


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Sunday Matinee – Double Down (Part 1)

May 23, 2010

A Film Noir by A. Jay Adler DOUBLE DOWN Part One (In which a rock & roll roadie comes home. He meets old friends and encounters a detective. She is beautiful. She tells him to spread ‘em.) EXT. A Dry Valley – DAY/Night A panoramic view of Caifornia’s Central Valley. Bright, washed out sunlight. Slowly, [...]


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Mind Games III: “Optics”

January 15, 2010

“The Brotha and the Otha” (Scene: the White House – the Oval Office. President Obama sits behind his desk. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel stands before him.) Emanuel: Okay, next – where you thinking of for your vacation? Obama: I was thinking we’d go to Hawaii. Emanuel (chin descending, eyes ascending): Not a good idea. [...]


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New Work: “Bordello Rooms”

January 6, 2010

“Bordello Rooms” at The Writer’s Eye Magazine, creative non-fiction by Jay with photography by Julia. So I have all the elements. It isn’t hard. To see the crowded room. The cards. The dice. The theatrics on stage; the drama on the floor. Shots being poured. The shot ringing out. A shout. The general honky-tonk and [...]


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Blink, part IV

August 5, 2009

Blink I: In My Bedroom ….. Blink II: In Far Rockaway ….. Blink III: In the World IV. In My Mind To be alive and human is to be shadowed by death. “They give birth astride of a grave,” says Becket’s Ponzo in Waiting for Godot, “the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once [...]


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