The Way Cities Feel To Us Now

And Other Stories

Bad luck follows travelers through the desert, Mormon missionaries contemplate the bodily implications of the internal combustion engine, and minimum wage workers look for a sense of meaning in art, country and western music, and domestic terrorism. A lemon tree produces an alarming number of fruit, but nobody can manage to have a threesome. Perkins’s first collection of short stories vibrates at the chaotic frequency of the American West, a place where the states are square, the drives are long, and heartbreak is at least as much of a shit show as it is anywhere else.


"In the Western Lands there are people who believe in its landscapes and cities like a secret cult. To be let into this cult you have to visit several locations, Portland, its National Parks, Boulder, Santa Fe, Tucson, Flagstaff and the great Eugene. Every Western junkie knows this conversation, "Hey, you've been to Eugene, twilight at Skinner's Butte is the best." "Hey, you've been to Zion, I walked the Narrows during a flood, didn't know if I would come out alive." "The buskers in Santa Fe are the best." Nate Perkins lets you into this world of travelers, the secret passwords that allow you into the Western Lands." -Noah Cicero

"Depression makes most people's memories collapse inward onto themselves. Perkins struggles with himself but knows the beautiful punctures on the the stick-and-poke world around him." -Brendan Wells, of Uranium Club.


Nathaniel Kennon Perkins

About the author

Nathaniel Kennon Perkins lives in Boulder, CO, where he works as a bookseller. He is the author of the short novel, Cactus, and the ongoing literary zine series, Ultimate Gospel. His creative work has appeared in Triquarterly, High Country News, the Philadelphia Secret Admirer, decomP magazinE, Pithead Chapel, Timber Journal, and others. He runs Trident Press.

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