By Thomas Easterling

Thomas Easterling's work has appeared in The Oxford American and in academic journals. He teaches English at a public high school in Mississippi, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

  1. My mother will cheat to beat me at checkers. My father and uncles never let me take an uncontested lay-up. My grandfather once asked me to stay in the clubhouse so the rest of the men in the family would have a better chance of winning the father-son tournament. I come from a competitive family. You’d think that this would be my favorite time of year. On any given night, I can watch a half-dozen…

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