Twenty-one new short stories from the author of "The Rules" and "Cave Paintings." Allen Cobb's best recent short fiction explores the busy characters of New York City, the mysteries of life and death, voodoo in New Orleans, an aging motorcycle and its boomer owner, an extraordinary Doberman, mysterious sleep disturbances, and a short but sympathetic interview with a zombie. Compelling and literate, the trivial or absurd become unexpectedly fascinating, while complex or abstract ideas (life, death, religion, memory) are handled with ease and clarity. The collection is wonderfully varied, from the extremely short (especially the 11 tiny stories in "Writing in Restaurants") to the grand entanglements of "Mobius Trip" (published here as "16 Degrees of Correlation"). Every story takes the reader someplace new and surprising, yet they all share an underlying insight into mysterious and indescribable realms of the mind.