Mistakes & Missteps
Featuring stories by writers Jon Stubbington, Abigail DeLashmutt, James English, and Dani Rado; performed by actors Matt Alford, Roya Shanks, Seth James, and Kristen Calgaro. Hosted by Andrew Lloyd-Jones at KGB Bar on 6th April 2016.
They found the genie in a shoebox, not a lamp.
This disappointed Georgie more than she cared to say. She liked the romanticism of the lamp, the imagery of it. A shoebox was just so... mundane. Carl pointed out that - all things considered - the very presence of the genie was, when you thought about it, fairly remarkable. The method by which it chose to convey itself was hardly anything to quibble over.
While locked in the back of a U-Haul, you’ll have time to consider certain circumstances of your life. First, consider how you got here. I know, we’re not supposed to blame the victim, but let’s be honest, there are certain types of people to whom certain types of things happen; people like girls and things like getting locked in the back of U-Hauls. Considering you’re a girl and you’re on the back of this U-Haul, we’ll call that cause enough.
My wife and I were vacuuming cobwebs in the basement when we got into an argument about whether two hermits could fall in love. I started it when I told her about my friend Ralph, who’d become solitary, moved to the basement, and cut off contact with his wife. “I think Ralph’s turned into a hermit,” I said.
For a long time, I was preoccupied with the circumstances of my death. How had it happened? I couldn’t remember. I didn’t have the kind of life that was exactly beset by perils, so it must have been a pretty regular kind of death. Not that I need anything fancy! If a car crash was good enough for Diana, it’s good enough for me. I never did drive fast, though. I wasn’t ever in a rush and I mostly took the bus. I thought maybe it was some kind of fall; I remembered a feeling of… descent. So was that it? But then how had I fallen? Down the stairs, off a ladder? Ill?