"Woman with her Throat Cut" by Alberto Giacometti

MEMORABILIA

A good girl, Daisy followed her mother into that art gallery because she’d insisted they needed to get a bit of culture. All around the first room there were pictures that to Daisy’s eyes seemed much too alike. In the next room the pictures also appeared to be nearly but not quite identical. Room after room…

"The Sustained Comedy (Portrait of an Object)" by Marsden Hartley

CRISIS MANAGEMENT

If Arnie Philbert asked his father about his mother Mr. Philbert would always get out the boy’s birth certificate that proved her name had been named Eleanor Philbert and she had died on the same day Arnie had been born. Then Mr. Philbert would repeat how when the nurse had put the bundle in his arms…

COLD CASE

During the first week that Sam followed Stella he, quite naturally, fell in love with her.  Jealously ate at him.  The same question the bank’s trustees had hired him to discover — Who was this man she was meeting? — took on a very personal meaning. While he watched her Sam came to wonder if…

"Madonna" by Edvard Munch

MALESTORM

Sometimes it is almost impossible to resist standing in the artist’s shoes. What he sees becomes what you see. How he sees it is the only way to see it. There is no background to interpret. No nuance to explore. Even the frame is one that he has chosen for you. You become a man…

"G-Man Pursuit Car" created by Louis Marx

HOT ON THE WHEELS

“O.K. Miss T. J. MacGuire. Must be Miss since this here letter of intro came from my Great-Aunt Helena who’s got the bug for me to breed for the family line. This latest ruse of hers isn’t up to snuff. Too obvious.  The old bird likes her little games. An’ no art magazine’s gonna write…

"Newstand, Pittsburg" by Charles “Tennie” Harris

LIVING THE GOOD LIFE

Between times Charlize thinks of herself as Charlie.  When her new Italian  sandals cut into the tops of her feet she switches into Charlie’s comfy twice resoled Buster Brown’s. When Mother’s limo goes dead on the drive home from school and the chauffeur will have to walk to the nearest garage Charlie pulls out her…