Winter 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 1 FictionJanuary 1, 2014 |

An Excerpt from “The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood”

"My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes, as we sat on either side of the fire in his lodgings at Baker-street, "life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence."        —Arthur Conan Doyle / "A Case of Identity" Not less because in purple I descended The western day through what you called The loneliest air, not less was I myself.        —Wallace Stevens / "Tea at the Palaz of Hoon" "Why do you have to go back?" "It's not over yet."        —Harper It was ice, pal, I don't mind telling you. The revolver was ice. Since nine-year-olds didn't wear suit jackets, I had to carry it in a juryrigged shoulder holster under my polo shirt, and the cap gun was ice against my chest. The look was that of a kid who had just snitched a mango from a fruit stand and was trying to conceal it. Nonetheless, I managed to maintain

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Roger Rosenblatt
Roger Rosenblatt's most recent book is the novel, Thomas Murphy. He is the recipient of the 2015 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.

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