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See “List of Publications” for information and links to the journals where these stories first appeared.
Moments of Doubt
A darkly comic coming-of-age novel about a young tennis pro’s entanglement with three women—one he’s supposed to marry, one he wants to marry, and one whose already married to a Jewish gangster.
In a crowded deli in mid-town Manhattan, two brothers discuss their current struggles with life, love, and the difference between corned beef and pastrami.
Love and Money
A son realizes—too late—the true significance of money, and how much his father loved him. (Nonfiction).
Lovers and Heroes
Committed to living with a “higher consciousness,” a young couple wonders if their intense sexual connection embodies their love for each other—or is a substitute for it.
When his mother refuses to move into a facility for the elderly, a middle-aged man decides he would like to live there himself.
I and Thou
Enthralled by the philosophy of Martin Buber, two college students struggle with their cultural differences, their undeniable lust, and their budding love.
The Analysis of a Superhero
Shortly after 9/11, a disoriented Clark Kent reveals his true identity while seeking treatment from a psychoanalyst, resulting in profound changes for both the doctor and patient.
The Art of Failing
An old Jewish story reveals the deeper meaning of a New Yorker article published by the biographer of Saul Bellow. (Nonfiction)
The Language of Men
On the day of his father-in-law’s funeral, a young man hopes to overcome their years of estrangement by holding an imaginary conversation sparked by a book on the shelf in the dead man’s bedroom. (Nonfiction)
The View from Above
An older brother injured in a bomb blast at a radio station in Nicaragua returns home to Chicago, where he must face his brother living with the woman he still loves. (Play excerpt)
Victor and Violet
An African-American man deeply involved in New York City’s drug underworld is determined to give his sister a better life, which means forbidding her relationship with a “boy on the block.”
Diagnosis of a Teenager
Two wealthy parents who want to know “what the hell’s wrong now?” take their teenage son to a therapist offering psycho-educational testing—and party entertainment.
A journalist tries to write a profile about a retired talk show host who has disappeared from public life to reconnect with his high school sweetheart.
When her teenage daughter buys her a smartphone, a nervous mom downloads an app that promises “to sense problems in the home before they occur.”
Thank You for Calling
Featuring an “interactive database with up-to-date information from the world’s most renowned experts in everything,” a fully automated suicide prevention hotline tries to save the life of a young woman struggling with technology.
Love Conquers All
A man who identifies as a woman falls in love with a woman who identifies as a dog, and their trans-gender/trans-species relationship thrives.
My GPS, My Love
Grateful that he finally knows the direction of his life, a young man decides he wants to marry his global positioning system.
An African-American woman struggling to leave her troubled past behind is about to marry a wealthy white man when she learns that her former boyfriend—a drug-dealer from the old neighborhood—is out of prison. And wants to see her.
Don’t Ask Her Why
Simmering racial tensions—deep in the background of their relationship—boil over when a jealous boyfriend pulls off the bed-sheets to determine if an infidelity has, in fact, occurred.
© Walter B. Levis