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March 2008, vol 4 no 1

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John Stone


Chesapeake Taxi

The cabbie throws his head back and laughs; one of those deeply reverberating soul coughs that make you feel good even if you don't get the joke. He points at the cab in the next lane and says: "This old dude claims he slept with every woman in Baltimore, so he MUST be my daddy!"

Head out the window like a housebound basset on his way to the beach, he skates close in and roars:


pork pie hat
a rakish angle
hides the old man's mirth