Susan Steinberg, “Isla”

9781573661065_p0_v1_s260x420A girl goes out to dinner with her father and learns some life lessons.

(from The End of Free Love)

15. There are things your old pop knows.

16. Never gamble.

17. Never smoke.

18. Sometimes we cheat.

This story is is told in 134 directives and questions from a father to a daughter. They begin harmless and get progressively less so. The father hates non-Jews, New Yorkers, things that are German-made, poor people, the girl’s mother.

I love this story and I love Susan Steinberg. Read it here.


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