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When did I first notice she’d gone global?

I have to answer that question with a phrase I now understand is the lament of the middle-aged: I don’t remember.

After my first book was published, certainly.

Chapinlandia Meets Gringolandia in the Disneylandia of the 21st-century Newsroom never made me famous outside of certain journalism school circles, but it did get me on tour to different universities (and university bars). I thought I caught glimpses of her in Austin, Syracuse, L.A., Munich, Milan.

But I wasn’t certain until I saw her—this Guatemalan monster out of my past—in my hometown of Philadelphia.

Short story in American Monsters, Vol. 1; Fox Spirit Books, Dec. 2018. Click for more information.

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