Austin Ratner’s short fiction has also appeared in Arts and Letters. He received an M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1998 but decided to pursue writing rather than medicine. The prizewinning story is adapted from the first chapter of his novella Aquaboy. He lives in New York City.
Dec 01 2001
Nine Worthy and the Best That Ever Were
That there lived a man named Israel Schelde, there can be no dispute. There is the reflex hammer with the reddish rubber tomahawk head bearing his initials. There is the re shirt, thick and coarse like Indian just, with black buttons, that Israel was known to wear as a coat and in which he appears in many photographs. And in many other places there are many other things, and many people will give accounts of him.