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The Commute, Part 8

5:10, Queens Plaza: You can feel your ears plug the moment the train passes under the East River. A sucking of air, as if we’ve passed through a wormhole into another dimension. In fact, the entire character of the train has changed–gone are the tourists (other than the aforementioned, unlucky Germans) and the panhandlers and […]

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The Commute, Part 7

5:05, Fifth Ave – 59th Street: “DBD?” I look up. An elderly, Chinese woman is leaning over in front of me, holding an array of DVD cases which she fans out like playing cards. “DBD?” she says again. There are a few big-budget movies from last summer (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, “Captain America: The […]

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The Commute, Part 6

5:00, 49th Street: A group of four girls in Fendi sunglasses and mini dresses who had just boarded at Times Square exit here. It occurs to me that the distance they had to walk – down the stairs at 42nd Street, through the cavernous, labyrinthine Times Square station, across the platform to wait for the […]

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The Commute, Part 5

4:53, 34th Street: Herald Square, possibly my least-favorite place in the entire city. Those snapshots you have in your head of New York City streets as being seas of people pressed shoulder to shoulder and stretching off into the distance for miles have their origins here. It is a shopper’s paradise, or nightmare, depending on […]

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The Commute, Part 4

4:49, 23th Street: A twenty-something man and woman, seated across the aisle from me, proceed to have the following conversation- Girl: Who was that guy that stopped by the bar last night? Guy: Who, Marco? Girl: The guy you were talking to when Kim and I were at the jukebox. Guy: Yeah, that was Marco. […]

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R Train

Seen on the R Train

As the train screeched to a halt at the 46th Street station she looked out the window and smiled at me. That was disconcerting enough. Then the doors opened, and I stepped inside and found a seat. When I glanced over she was still looking at me, a wide, goofy grin plastered on her face. […]

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Greetings from the Monkey House

Three and a half years ago I made the move from Pittsburgh to New York City. My decision was made for the same reason almost everyone moves here – money. I did not come to New York dreaming of becoming a famous writer. I did not come to New York to soak up its culture […]

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Eternal Sunshine of the Absent Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Absent Mind

Atticus Trade Paperback Original Release Date: December 28, 2010 “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ Jasmine, a desired damsel, quoting Saint Augustine in The Absent Traveler. KENSINGTON, MD — What’s the furthest you’ve been from home? Randall DeVallance, author of The Absent Traveler, lived in Bulgaria during […]

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Interview with the Author of ‘The Absent Traveler’

How does one define success? What do we mean by real love? Why is perception often more powerful than reality? If you’re looking for actual answers to these questions, perhaps you should be seeking another dimension in The Twilight Zone; but if you enjoy exercising your right cerebrum hemisphere and probing some of life’s deeper […]

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Atticus Signs Another Distinct Voice of Fiction

Atticus Signs Another Distinct Voice of Fiction

Three Books Now Slated for 2010 Release KENSINGTON, MD — Atticus Books is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Randall DeVallance to publish his book, The Absent Traveler: A Novella & Other Stories. DeVallance joins Alex Kudera and Joseph Zeppetello as authors who have signed to publish their literary works with […]

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