Corporate Ennui: Or (A Forced Metaphor)

I’ve been irritable at the office lately. It might have something to do with the gloomy weather, or the increasingly loud buzzing noise in the back of my mind that relentlessly insists that maybe my responsible life choices were, in fact, not the best choices. But if we’re being honest, it probably has something to…

Ruggamuff

At the age of 23, Allen Barillo’s most important accomplishment remains the one he’d made fifteen years ago in Ms. Peterson’s classroom at George Mackey Elementary: his discovery of the ruggamuff. As part of their lesson on taxonomy, Allen and his classmates were required to conjure up their own contributions to the animal kingdom. The…

Mis Manos

In my freshman year of high school I was made aware of my unnaturally sweaty palms. I’d known this was one of my father’s afflictions since I’d always been painfully aware of how damp his hands were when we’d join together in saying “Our Father” during Sunday Mass, but never had I thought that I could…