From Roxane Gay:
The oven at the grocery store is a Hobart oven. Also, they updated their deli scale. This one is digital. The deli workers did not understand why I was reaching over the counter to take a picture of the oven. I didn’t try to explain. They just wouldn’t understand.
Garvey turns on his side to relieve the pain in his back. The tire iron is blunt and best avoided as much as possible. He pats the worn carpet with his right hand, grabs hold of the small bottle of who knows what with his left. The smell of fried clams is overwhelming. Perhaps the coast is near. But there are many coasts, and these days clams can be shipped anywhere. Who knows, maybe they are in a Red Lobster parking lot on the outskirts of Kansas City. It is probably hopeless. Should he drink from the mystery bottle? What kind of roulette would that be? Irish? He decides: No, he’ll wait this out, see what happens. (via HOBART - In the Trunk by Jay Wexler)
From the Hobart archives (November ‘04!), “In the Trunk” is included in Jay Wexler’s new book, The Adventures of Ed Tuttle, Associate Justice, and Other Stories, out now!
Both upcoming Hobart 14 contributor (and Buffalo Prize Winner!) Courtney Maum’s “How to Stay Sane While Querying Literary Agents” and Hobart 12 contributor (and soon to be reprinted in Best American Short Story!) Roxane Gay’s “How to Be a Contemporary Writer” are pretty great and worth your time and we maybe even encourage you to highlight and print out excerpts for yourself, though both did forget to mention this very important reminder: