Spring 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 2 Fiction |

Dollywood

So, are you still doing that Dolly thing?” Doug Andrews asked after I handed him his Maker’s Mark. Katrina held his arm and leaned forward slightly to hear my answer. “Yep, still doing it,” I said with a grin. It’s always the same question when we get together with Julia’s friends. I’m uncomfortable talking about my act with outsiders, and I find myself being self-deprecating. “He’s in a contest Saturday at the Shangri-La,” Julia told them. “What’s the prize?” Doug asked. “Five hundred dollars,” I said, “but the money’s really not the point. It’s just something fun to do, you know. Keep me out of trouble.” “Don’t listen to him,” Julia said. “He’s really good. He’s a lot more serious than he lets on.” Julia doesn’t like me to talk down about my act. That day she’d driven me to the Shangri-La early to make sure I got on the list. They were taking only the first twenty, and if you were twenty-one, that was just toug

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MAN MARTIN is completing his Ph.D. in creative writing at Georgia State University. His review of Nin Andrews’s Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane appears in the spring 2006 issue of Pleiades. His novel, Endless Corvette, is represented by the Fairbank Literary Agency.

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