An excerpt from the short story, “How It Ends: Unspeakable,” by Joan Silber, available at Scoundrel Time:




“How It Ends: Unspeakable”

I told Ina I would never speak to her again. We had been friends of a sort since our twenties—hung out in the same bars, showed up at feminist rallies and marches together—but she was increasingly one of those politicos who find fuel for neurotic rage in every fucking thing. And in the fall of 2016, she explained to me that Hillary Clinton was a war criminal, so she was voting for Trump instead. She wanted her vote to count. If Trump won, it would finally mobilize the Left.

Of course I didn’t stick to the not speaking. We lived in the same neighborhood, we said hello. (…continue reading here)

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