Becoming a Ghost: Falling Out

All movement makes us aware that we hasten toward our death in a dynamic vector, and I see mine immanently before me. Time compacts. Seeing your “life” flash before your eyes before death is not a tiresome replay listing mundane causes and effects of a mundane life. Only a handful of potent encounters and choices define you. I am smelling my grandfather’s coffee in the mornings. I am breaking up with my first girlfriend. I am driving my first car. I am accepting my new job. […]

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Hot Tin Roof: Village Dogs

Today, we are going to watch Judas explode. According to some reports, the Greek economy shrank by 23% between 2008 and 2013. All the popular economists stood around and scratched their chins. A world record. No one’s ever seen those numbers. Last November, the unemployment rate stood at an outstanding 28%. The homeless count went through the roof, and then off the roof as suicides littered the streets. The health care system almost shut down while black tar heroin became the new currency. Every week, protests erupted like fire in the major cities as aggressive measures were taken by the European Union. The people pleaded like dogs from the cracked and crowded sidewalks. Winter was coming, but all the coats were burned up. […]

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Becoming a Ghost: Falling From

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‘Falling From’ is the fifth installment in Daniel Boscaljon’s literary nonfiction series Becoming A Ghost. The previous installments can be found here. The ground beneath beckons like a friend, uncannily familiar. Why? Did the ground support our kisses under the star-filled cold? Did it intimate my future embrace of dust by dust? I realize that […]

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Hot Tin Roof: Wait

It’s time for your annual mammogram, which, in this case, is over two years since your last one. Doctors say you don’t need one every year now, although different studies come out all the time which tell you one thing, then another. You opt to pay the extra 60 dollars this time to get the touted 3-D imaging that is now offered at the University Hospital, although you debate whether it’s worth it or not. […]

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Hot Tin Roof: In the house of birds

Hot Tin Roof is a program to showcase current literary work produced in Iowa City. The series is organized and juried by representatives of three Iowa City-based cultural advocacy organizations: The Englert Theatre, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature and Little Village magazine. […]

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Becoming a ghost: Losing Time

Becoming a Ghost

‘Becoming a Ghost’ is a literary nonfiction series by UI English instructor Daniel Boscaljon. Revelers rush in the empty space between the buildings. Liars find dark lairs, their carefree bodies careening past the playground intended for careful toddlers. I stared downward, avoiding eyes bright with the allure of the everyday world and its promise of […]

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