Let’s Feel the Pain Together
“The villagers called the hospital ‘The Place of Sad Faces’ and many wouldn’t come here except as a last resort.”
David Naimon's writing can be found in AGNI, Tin House, Fourth Genre, and Boulevard among others. His work has been anthologized in The Best Small Fictions and cited as notable in the Pushcart Prize anthology, The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing. He lives in Portland, Oregon where he hosts the book radio show and podcast Between the Covers.
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I debated for a long time whether I would describe sex with Reese. I didn’t know if I could stand knowing that it might turn some readers on, that it could sustain their fantasies about underage girls. Some of you have come to this essay for the sex, whether you’d admit to it or not.