Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2019

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From “Sea Oak”
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From “Sea Oak”

“‘Come here,’ the head says to me, and I squat down. ‘That’s it for me. I’m fucked. As per usual. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Although come to think of it I was never even the freaking bridesmaid.”

From <i>The Bell Jar</i>
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From The Bell Jar

“Only I wasn't steering anything, not even myself. I just bumped from my hotel to work and to parties and from parties to my hotel and back to work like a numb trolleybus.”

From <i>Utopia</i>
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From Utopia

“‘What about it?’” I asked—for I never hesitated to speak freely in front of the Cardinal. ‘This method of dealing with thieves is both unjust and socially undesirable.’”

From <i>Swann’s Way</i>
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From Swann’s Way

“For a long time I used to go to bed early. Sometimes, when I had put out my candle, my eyes would close so quickly that I had not even time to say ‘I’m going to sleep.’”

From “The Dolt”
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From “The Dolt”

“Edgar tried to think of a way to badmouth this immense son leaning over him like a large blaring building. But he couldn't think of anything. Thinking of anything was beyond him.”

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