Matt Izzi
All Ruinous Disorders

Matt Izzi - All Ruinous Disorders

Fiction
Matt Izzi was born in Rhode Island and lives in East Boston. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, Carolina Quarterly, Post Road, Shenandoah, Third Coast, and other… Read more »
Barry Peters
Critical Thinking

Barry Peters - Critical Thinking

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Barry Peters lives and teaches in Durham, NC. Recent/forthcoming work: Broad River Review, Connecticut River Review, The Flexible Persona, The Healing Muse, Jelly Bucket, Kakalak, Plainsongs, Rattle,… Read more »
Donald McCarthy
The Letter

Donald McCarthy - The Letter

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Donald McCarthy is a writer from New York. A complete list of his publications can be found at http://www.donaldmccarthy.com/ Read more »

All Ruinous Disorders

Matt Izzi

The summer I met Lucas, my last in Boston, I volunteered as prop runner for a new comedy at the Footlight Club. On trash days I combed the rolling sidewalks of Forest Hills, in the valley of the triple-deckers. Boston was a lovely town for garbage-picking. The century-old buildings had the façade of permanence, with all the accumulated multigenerational junk of families who had settled there before the Wars. But what did I know about permanence? I’d returned from London to an expiring lease and a summer full of funerals.

It was 1984, a year of death: three ancillary friends in March, a fellow actor in April, and later, in December, from unrelated causes, my mother. That May, I’d escaped my stateside sorrows by blending in with the rouge-cheeked New Romantics who used Piccadilly for a catwalk. My acting troupe had been invited to stage a joint production of King Lear—in drag, like the original. I played Goneril’s husband, the Duke of Albany, one of the few who survive to the curtain. What that said about my resiliency I don’t know.

The Footlight comedy required an old-fashioned icebox that was, for some reason I now forget, crucial to the third… Read more »