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Advice for Sybarites

Close Shave

Embracing the straight razor

My face is bleeding, and I can’t stop it.

Drops rise out of my neck. They bubble from my temple, my cheek, the edge of my mouth. I wipe the blood away with a wet hand, but it still seeps. I leave streaks and smudges. I press tissue paper to my face, only to pattern it with crimson spots. One cut would be fine…



Sybarite is devoted to stories of pleasure and luxury, and is allergic to all forms of self help.

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Robert Isenberg

Robert Isenberg is a freelance writer and multimedia producer based in Rhode Island. Feel free to visit him at