Issue 24 Nonfiction

Crashing the Buick
by Sarah K. Lenz

THE ’72 BUICK Skylark, painted split pea soup green, reminded me of a tank. At twenty-five years old, it showed its age, built before miles per gallon ratings and fiberglass bumpers. The peeling vinyl of the faux ragtop exposed the car’s rusting scalp. My parents bought the car from Aunt Gail for $75 when I was 17. Soon after I got it, my youth pastor, Jon, offered to repaint it, a spray enamel baptism. I dropped the Buick off with him. When I returned, Jon had peeled away the remaining vinyl and painted the body caution-tape yellow with two black racing stripes setting off the car’s curves. Above the rear fender, Jon had painted a small, black cross. I thanked him for his good work.

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Ghosts in Glenrio
by Jonathan Crowl

DRIVING WEST, I take the first exit to New Mexico, but it’s hard to say why from surveying the horizon: desert scrub, sun-baked and hunkered close to the ground, casts afternoon shadows across an unwelcoming landscape. The road is a ribbon of asphalt dividing the land into two infinite halves, so hot that it sucks rubber off of tires and wavers in the distance.

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