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Joe's Smoke & News
by Doug Draime
The practices and prejudices a of small Indiana town are laid bare in "Joe's Smoke & News", literary short fiction by small press stalwart Doug Draime. What begins, for narrator Danny Durrell, as a shiftless, adolescent utopia, soon becomes a quiet rumination on the vast human cost of selfish opportunism--be it that of a few young misfits, a blind smoke-shop owner, a ...more
Published July 17th 2011 by mendicant bookworks
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Draime is one of my favorite poets -- so I was excited to see what he could do in a short story. This great little coming-of-age yarn about midwest ruffians is a actually a subtle cautionary tale about everyday violence, loyalty, and class warfare. A kick-ass read from a kick -ass short fiction press.