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Alex R. Jones

Alex R. Jones lives in Los Angeles, California. His essays have appeared in The Harvard Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. One was listed as a notable essay in 2014’s Best American Essays.

— From April 2015
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Small Time

From outside, Jumbo’s was nothing more than a black-painted steel door in a brick wall, above which was a sign with a grinning yellow clown. When a customer came or went, the door would open for a moment, and I could glimpse the rich blackness of its interior and smell stale beer and cigarette smoke. Especially in the evenings, the illuminated yellow clown sign called out to me.

April 2015
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