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1998 Stories by Barry Graham

Archives: 2000 | 1998 | 1997
  • Grave Matter

    published November 12, 1998

    There used to be a problem with punk rockers not respecting their elders. But for one of the finest punker outfits in the state, it's no... More >>

  • Insatiable

    published November 5, 1998

    This week, let's talk about adultery. About illicit blowjobs. And about perjury. Better yet, let's talk about a guy who does all of those... More >>

  • Near-Death Experience

    published October 29, 1998

    Midnight. A blues song plays, scratching the air with the romance of desolation. A few people are still here. My feet rest on the table. I'm... More >>

  • Ordinary People

    published October 22, 1998

    They're not in the motel room anymore. When I knock on the door no one answers, and later I find out they're both gone. I already knew she... More >>

  • Raw Shark

    published October 1, 1998

    "I'm here every day," the guy says. "Well, every day except Sunday. Sunday is for family and God." The guy is Mexican, handsome, in his... More >>

  • True Pulp

    published September 24, 1998

    A good friend of mine, Mickey Spillane Jr., sent me a pitch for a novel, perhaps a screenplay. I told him it was too improbable, that stuff... More >>

  • Polyamorous Pollyanna

    published September 17, 1998

    It's a little bit disappointing. I was half-expecting and half-hoping to find a place jammed with strobe-lighted rooms full of writhing, entangled... More >>

  • Punk Monk

    published September 10, 1998

    When you talk to Gavan Wieser, the warmth of his personality and his thoughtful manner make it unsurprising that he used to be a Franciscan... More >>

  • Death Camp

    published September 3, 1998

    Shaping tomorrow through the youth of today! --Arizona Boys Ranch motto Lord help me, I need help, I need help . . . --Nicholaus... More >>

  • Modern Maturity

    published August 27, 1998

    For more than six months now, international news has been dominated by a story about a blowjob. While bombs have exploded, shots have been... More >>

  • Auto Lock-up

    published August 20, 1998

    Senator John Kaites really ought to run for sheriff. The Deputy Dawg of Arizona politics has successfully sponsored a piece of legislation... More >>

  • Human Target

    published August 13, 1998

    The young man lies dead at the end of the room. I can't stop looking at him. He's lying in an open casket in front of the altar in the... More >>

  • Grand Motel

    published August 6, 1998

    When she opens the door, her life is written on her face. The bruises around her eyes. The off-white, puffy skin. The frightened look, which she... More >>

  • Gallant Effort

    published July 30, 1998

    We arrange to meet in a restaurant. I ask how I will recognize her. "Do you know who Suzanne Somers is?" she asks me. I say I do. "Well, I... More >>

  • Pistol Whipped

    published July 23, 1998

    I come from Scotland, a country where no one has guns. The cops don't have them. Most criminals don't have them. And the cops don't want them. If... More >>

  • High Goon

    published July 16, 1998

    According to the law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until he's proved guilty in court. But, in Maricopa County, the... More >>

  • Martial Bliss

    published July 9, 1998

    It's late on a Saturday morning at Phoenix Civic Plaza. Downtown is quiet and hot, and there's no sense of violence in the air. Until I go... More >>

  • Cops Kid Around

    published July 2, 1998

    The press packet makes it sound exciting. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, it says. That's the name of the Washington, D.C.-based organization that's... More >>

  • Boy Meets Grill

    published June 25, 1998

    In 1953, eating out was simpler than it is today. Remember the icy sweetness of a tall Root Beer Float or a super thick chocolate shake on a lazy... More >>

  • Oscar Performance

    published June 18, 1998

    Where do racist white gangs allow black people to be members? In Arizona, according to a news release by the National Association for the... More >>

  • I of the Needle

    published June 11, 1998

    Perhaps this is what's meant by "cultural diversity." There are guys with tattoos, guys with guns, guys dressed as Klingons. There are women, too,... More >>

  • Age of AIDS

    published June 4, 1998

    The woman I'm talking to is white, middle-class, in her early 30s. She's telling me about a recent vacation she took, a camping trip. During it,... More >>

  • The Cowering Inferno

    published May 28, 1998

    Students of human suffering will enjoy this. If you've explored the psychological chasms of Edgar Allan Poe and journeyed to the end of the night... More >>

  • Overdressed

    published May 21, 1998

    It was an ordinary day in Scottsdale, business as usual. Nothing unusual happened. Real estate appreciated. The sun shone. A black guy was viewed... More >>

  • No Place Like Home?

    published May 14, 1998

    On November 12 last year, it became official: Arizona is not safe for children. In a report released that day by the state auditor general,... More >>

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