Adult Theater

I bought my best friend a singing telegram, a Pee-wee Herman impersonator. It turned out he was a transvestite meth head living in one room hung wall to wall with dresses. I know this because at the last minute he called, asking for a ride to the gig. He’d gotten into a fistfight with his lover who took the car. It’s open, he said softly, still curled on the couch, the eye of a storm of tulle. In the car, I pretended not to notice him covering a shiner as he reapplied his rouge, that the birthday balloons said, It’s a Girl!

 

Tupelo Hassman’s novel, girlchild, will be published in February 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and her first short story collection, The Hassman Family Experience: A Fully Interactive Country Western Album, will be released by Invisible City Audio Tours in August 2012. Stay in touch with Tupelo’s publications and readings at http://www.tupelohassman.com/

Photo credit: Kate Farnady

 

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  1. [...] Street Press, The Portland Review Literary Journal, Tantalum, We Still Like, ZYZZYVA, and by 100WordStory.org and FiveChapters.com. Tupelo is a contributing author toHeliography, Invisible City Audio [...]

  2. [...] Street Press, The Portland Review Literary Journal, Tantalum, We Still Like, ZYZZYVA, and by 100WordStory.org and FiveChapters.com. Tupelo is a contributing author toHeliography, Invisible City Audio [...]

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