‘Song On Royal Street’ by Richard Blessing

Song On Royal Street by Richard Blessing, 1983

The magic trick:

Moving the story’s tone rapidly across several vibes

Beware: you may get whiplash reading this one. It starts sweet and funny, moves quickly into contentious, gets dark, and then even darker.

And that’s quite a trick on Blessing’s part.

The selection:

“It’s just nothing is like we planned,” he says. “Like I planned.”

“Nothing ever is. For anybody. But has it been so bad?”

Tulane Stadium rises out of the mist like a cathedral in some history book, dwarfing the houses for blocks around.

“Not for you, maybe,” he says. “You have the baby.”

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