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running away with the circus (looking for dolphins)

There are three of them, a brazen woman with bright eyes and a big voice, a man going grey with a hop in his step and a younger woman who might be their daughter or their niece that twists her short hair into little tufts. They roam the hotel, sometimes in elaborate costumes, letting us know that there will be a secret dance party near the ballroom in an hour.

The older woman strolls in during dinner in a costume of blinking Christmas lights and exotic face paint. V stares up at her, convinced she is a princess or a fairy or maybe both. The next night, she is all in black, great horns wobbling on her head. She always has a pair of black Converse high tops on, as if they go with every costume or maybe they are the only shoes she owns.

The man is typically dressed as a pirate, in a striped shirt, maybe an eye patch. He is perfectly relaxed, like his limbs are made of silly straws. The younger woman is always smiling, her mouth a wall of metal braces and lip gloss. I imagine they sleep …

ALBINO (PART 2/SECTION TWO - the last excerpt)

One more excerpt of me reading from Albino this week, and then it will all go quiet again. No more visits to the past, to those naive, desperate East Village nights when the world seemed as big as a few square blocks. Everything else was noise, ancient history and completely insignificant. All that mattered was the sound of a saxophone on stage, those pretty girls with wide eyes, the cold sting of a good cocktail, the grit of the street under my fingernails, a long walk home with the taxis sighing past, the horn case thumping against my leg.

It is as if I have not really been in Moscow the past weeks, or just part of me has. Sure, I buy good tomatoes at the market. I work, sweat, take some pictures on a Saturday afternoon but that is just a fraction of the man. The rest is lost in odd nostalgia, knowing the fog will clear, the streets will be cleaned, the sun will climb high into the sky before we wake up as if none of this ever happened.

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