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August 13th, 2014 | 6:00am

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Each day during my week in Yokohama I played a game with Yoshida and Tanaka. They were responsible for the cleanliness of rooms on at least the 14th floor of a towering, fan-shaped, waterfront hotel. I was there for a geotechnical engineering conference.

I don’t like to leave my room a mess in hotels. It’ll be cleaned, sure; but I don’t take that as an invitation to complicate the lives of those who clean the room. But Yoshida and Tanaka were so exacting in their orderliness that I could not help but test the finer limits.

August 12th, 2014 | 6:00am

Welcome readers and listeners! This is The Common Contributor Podcast from The Common magazine. Every other month we invite our contributors to read and discuss each others work. This month we discuss two poems from Issue 06: “The Nature of a Hedge” by Paula Bohince and “How Strange, How Sweet” by Joshua Mehigan.

August 7th, 2014 | 6:00am

Bruce Bond reads his poem, “The City,” from Issue 07.

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August 6th, 2014 | 6:00am

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In Aqaba City, on the Red Sea, between the stretches of swanky apartments and big names hotels is a tiny squeeze of shore called Shatt Ghandoor (Ghandoor Beach). On Fridays and holidays, Ghandoor is a picnic ground, amusement park, beach, and public bath all in one.

The shore is packed with families, the parents keeping watch over the children who have scampered to the sea. Sellers of tea and soft drinks, ice cream and roasted seeds, flip flops and straw mats cajole and bargain. 

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August 5th, 2014 | 6:00am

Murray Farish headshot

Murray Farish’s short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Epoch, Roanoke Review, and Black Warrior Review, among other publications. He lives with his wife and two sons in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches writing and literature at Webster University. Inappropriate Behavior is his debut short story collection. Murray answered the following questions via email.