Melanie turned from the table where she’d been pulling newspaper off of individually wrapped silver spoons and stared with her mouth open. The pink of her tongue gave me a little thrill, like ripping paper in a silent library. I took a step toward her and we were closer than we’d been in weeks. I could smell her lavender shampoo and was shocked to find that I’d missed it.– Josh Denslow, “Gravy Boat”
If you rubbed on a lamp and a djinni (not genie, as he’d tell you) swanned out, what would you wish for? What do you think would happen? Josh Denslow ruminates on this idea in a wonderfully unexpected way, with both humor and emotional depth. I love his work and it was hard picking one recent piece to spotlight. This one has stuck with me since I first read it in June. Even if you are the (boring) sort who doesn’t enjoy magical or supernatural elements in your reading of choice, I urge you to give this one a try; at its core, it’s about human wants and a relationship.
Read “Gravy Boat,” on Atlas and Alice here!