In this excerpt from Steven Heighton's new book The Dead Are More Visible, a firefighter must decide what lives are worth saving in the heat of a four-alarm fire. The official line is that firefighters save people - but what about reptiles? more »
Steven Heighton’s fiction and poetry have received four gold National Magazine Awards and have appeared in the LRB, Poetry, Best American Poetry (2012), Best English Stories and Tin House.
When Al Purdy got up for his turn and peered down at us, the crown of his head almost grazed the bank of fluorescent tubes on the ceiling, or so it seemed to us—or seems to me now. In a big, barging voice he prefaced his reading by asking what we had more »