#335 — DEAD OR ALIVE

Family Dessert

Is it a book review, a short story, or a diatribe about how teachers don’t always know best?

Bob Merckel
Dead or Alive
Published in
3 min readFeb 13, 2024

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Family Meal, by Bryan Washington, sat in author’s lap
Family Meal, by Bryan Washington. Photo by author

Hey, you’re home early, how was it?

Y’know, the same old group, the same old gossip over the same old tapas, Dougie said. You should’ve come, Johnny. You wouldn’t have hated it.

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Bob Merckel
Dead or Alive

Editor: Age of Empathy, The Memoirist | English teacher/language consultant in Barcelona and Provincetown.