Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Gay Place

"I've always imagined that Paradise would be a kind of library." Jorge Luis Borges

(The title comes from an F. Scott Fitzgerald verse: "I heard Helena/ In a haunted doze/ Say: "I know a gay place/ Nobody knows.")

The Gay Place by Billy Lee Brammer

As politician, Roy Sherwood had little to worry about so long as he behaved himself. He called himself a "conservative States' rights Democrat" -- it was a little game he played with people back home -- and his seat in the Legislature had practically been conferred on him, like a title. His grandfather, father, and older brother had served the same district before him -- an uncle had even put in twelve years as a Congressman in Washington. If anyone ever got rid of Roy, it would be his family, not his constitutions. And Roy tried to tell himself he didn't especially give a damn anyway.

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