How I Saved My Brothers

These are two talented, successful guys. Smart and good looking, too. My older brother the banker, my younger brother the painter, both famous in their worlds and beyond. I’m famous, too, though not in the way they are, not for any career I’ve had. I live alone and I move a lot. I don’t have much in the way of belongings. I’m trying to leave behind those things you’d want to leave behind. When the things that happen to me happen again (why me and no one else, I have no idea), my brothers get the call. They come and get me. At that point I’m usually glad to see them. Though they’re not especially glad to see me. Hard to blame them….

Jon Fried has published short fiction in Third Bed, Eclectica, Bartleby Snopes, Beehive, Pierogi Press, Pindeledyboz, Map Literary, Lamination Colony, New Works Review and other literary journals and e-zines, as well as feature stories on New Jersey culture and nightlife for The New York Times and songs he has written for a rock band he co-founded called the Cucumbers, which has released several recordings. He is working on a series of novels based on some colorful characters in his family tree.

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Jon Fried
Jon Fried has published short fiction in Third Bed, Eclectica, Bartleby Snopes, Beehive, Pierogi Press, Pindeledyboz, Map Literary, Lamination Colony, New Works Review and other literary journals and e-zines, as well as feature stories on New Jersey culture and nightlife for The New York Times and songs he has written for a rock band he co-founded called the Cucumbers, which has released several recordings. He is working on a series of novels based on some colorful characters in his family tree.

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