“Holiday spirit in the air. Am likely to choke on it. They’ve put holly and ribbons on the lampposts downtown, begun construction on the ice rink that will attract wailing sociopathic children and battered parents, brought out the seasonal coffee drinkware that excites only those too dense to realize how sad their lives must be for a paper cup to figure as a positive symbol. Walk to office is congested with merriment. Saw a man taking a picture of a horse statue in this morning’s delicate snowfall—nearly vomited.”
“Kink” was published in the Kenyon Review Online in summer 2013.
It features a Christmas atmosphere, dirty jokes, and a ficus named Shackleton.