(†All quotations from Michel de Montaigne, Essays, translated by J.M. Cohen (Hammondsworth: Penguin, 1958), pp. 196-7.
Originally published in North American Review, Vol. 282, No. 2, Mar. – Apr., 1997.)
Called “one of the innovators of the short-short story” by Publishers Weekly, Peter Cherches has published three volumes of short prose fiction with Pelekinesis since 2013, most recently Whistler’s Mother’s Son (2020). His writing has also appeared in scores of magazines, anthologies and websites, including: Harper’s, Bomb, Semiotext(e), and Fiction International, as well as Billy Collins’ Poetry 180 website and anthology. His latest book is Masks: Stories from a Pandemic (Bamboo Dart Press, 2022). He is a native of Brooklyn, New York.