Amsterdam

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INNARDS

Everything about him was slender and pointed, he had been bred that way, aerodynamic, a racing dog. Although he did not move slowly, not slowly at all, I had…

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THE SLUG

The ribbed edge upon which it moves glistens with slime. You’d like to take a lick of it with your tongue. Looking at it makes you shiver, a shiver…

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VAN OORSCHOT

  https://extraextramagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2-GERBRAND-BAKKER-no14.mp3   Simon looks out of the window. He has turned the chair around halfway, the chair where, very occasionally, a client sits and waits. He…

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HER MAN IS OUT

As soon as I walk into the park, I see him. Like me, he is early. I take a quick look, half-hidden between a tree and the fence. Broad…

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MARZIPAN

Inside my coat pocket, there was the piece of cake wrapped in cellophane, which I crushed the moment I saw him. I was coming from a party where I…

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OFF THE CUFF

  https://extraextramagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/7-Selin-Kuscu-no-14.mp3   Leila walks along the wide pavement that leads in a straight line past the park to the sea. It’s evening, January.

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GRASS

Rippling rivers of light. Street lanterns reflected in shiny paintwork. A familiar click, the car locking shut. The softly fading rumble of an engine cooling off. Standing beside the…

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HOTEL LE JARDIN

  https://extraextramagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/6-MENSJE-VAN-KEULEN-no13.mp3   She looks around the room where they will have breakfast the next morning, amazed by the gilt-framed paintings of scarcely clad women on the pinkish-purple…

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NEWARK

  https://extraextramagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/1-KARIN-AMATMOEKRIM-no13.mp3   She wasn’t lonely. That wasn’t why she did it. It was the heat, instead, as well as the dirt of the city accumulating in the…

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RELAX, PLEASE

I’ve come at the most expensive hotel in the city for a massage. In the spacious dressing room I find my bathrobe and a pair of slippers, both wrapped…

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AROUND THE CORNER

The balding guy at the counter speaks English. Of course he does, I suspect I’m the first Dutch guest in a very long time. I reply in English, ‘Yes,…

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ADIEU, WESTCORD

They’re in bed. Harpie and a man called Stefan, as far as she knows. Through a slightly open window they can hear the cars on the motorway down below.

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‘SAY YES’

She stands on stage, sweating, struggling through her presentation. She’s been giving the same talk night after night, and she’s hearing herself speak as if from a distance.

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THE DEVELOPER

So he arrives at work on Monday morning, gets a coffee downstairs while his computer starts up, and opens his mailbox. He checked his messages before going to sleep…

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A ROOM FOR TWO

Vincent was a war correspondent. Sporting greasy black hair, a dimple in the three-day stubble on his chin, a closed-up hole in his ear lobe where he once wore…

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DORA KNOWS MORE

When I returned to the city, when the trees put their foliage on full display and small animals emerged from their burrows and nests for us to greet each…

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LAVA

‘Rafael Angel Uribe Serna, lawyer.’ Once I’ve checked in, the doors that are mostly meant to let no one out open to let me in. I know that…

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ENCOUNTER

  https://extraextramagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/4-DON-DUYNS-no11.mp3   The room is freezing cold, and reeks of testosterone. There’s loud techno thumping away, in a rhythm that makes me feel even more restless…

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EXIT 22

She’d already rung the bell a few times, and when she got upstairs she said she was sick and tired of having to keep climbing the stairs, and…

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THE LUXURY OF THE VOYEUR

My feelings for you bordered on the uncontrollable. I thrive best where the boundary between allowing and rejecting becomes porous. I never begged you for anything, our relationship…

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LETTER TO H.

Sorry to keep you waiting so long. A letter involves a kind of letting-go that sex calls for, I thought, and then without realising it I became wary of…

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‘G’

In writing you, calm, proud G., I see your cropped hair, following the curves of your skull, your shoulder blades, the dotted line of your spine, your hips,…

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ALLEYS OF DESIRE

The rattling sound of my wheeled suitcase echoes across the canal in the Amsterdam night. Apart from the occasional drunken cyclist, the city centre is deserted.

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Cruising for Discretion

One of the most common aliases for poppers is ‘video head cleaner’, for some reason. fig 1: Rush is a room odorizer Poppers are the now…

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BOSTINI

They’d spent the whole afternoon in bed in his sweaty attic room. The sun poured its rays straight through the roof as they French-kissed with the seedy horniness that…

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SYSTEMIC BREAKDOWN

Usually I’m woken by Tom’s voice tickling my ear. ‘Morning Isa, slept well?’ He always sounds as if he’s also only just woken up – still a bit…

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THE PROMISE OF A WOMAN

E: You coming? A: Why’ve you gone to bed so early? Don’t you feel well? E: Well, I thought… A: Are you really tired too?…

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CRAZY EYES

  https://extraextramagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/9-ALMA-MATHIJSEN-no10.mp3   There’s never any warning. Perhaps that’s part of the deal, me not expecting it. Like you can’t have French fries…

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Trendy Pornography

Trendy Pornography character set fig 1: By typing the ‘a’ an image of three women in a tiled room appears; one woman cups the breasts of another from…

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Bodies Electric

Long before any scientific knowledge about electricity existed, people were very well aware of shocks as well as they were witnesses to the sparkling lightning bolts thundering through the…

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Madame Clic Clac

Out of a vague sense that she had crossed my path in order to make something happen, and without being able to pinpoint what would happen, why it would…

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The Sex Shop

On average working in the sex shop had become a surprisingly mundane experience. Initially the excitement of entering such a different world than the one he was used to…

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Aram Tanis

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