Weekly Rumpus Fiction: Johnny Alfi


The next Weekly Rumpus features fiction from Johnny Alfi. Here’s an excerpt:

She once gave me her number outside Abbot’s Habit Coffeehouse. She once proposed that she and Nora get matching tattoos of peaches on their ass cheeks. Instead, she got a little diamond there, alone. She once ate Lunchables for lunch for a week straight. Some were pizza. Some ham and cheese and Skittles. She once touched her cat’s asshole just to watch him squirm. She once had a total of eight lava lamps. She once spent two hundred dollars on anti-aging cream she was way too young for. She once learned to juggle four peaches: her inspiration for a meaningless, nonexistent tattoo. She once sanded and re-stained a dresser she’d found on a sidewalk. She once stood outside Whole Foods with a clipboard. She once wore a pantsuit. She once had an uncomfortable urge to throw a beer bottle at her baby nephew because she saw fragility in its purist form. 

Johnny Alfi holds a B.A. in art history from UCLA. He was a 2012 PEN Center USA Emerging Voice Fellow and 2011 UCLA Kirkwood Literary Award Nominee. He has had works published in The Coachella Review and Writers’ Tribe Review.

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