…has reprinted my essay “Services Pending,” from The Iowa Review. It’s my first grocery-store/dentist-office magazine publication. This one is especially sweet as I’ve been a UR fan since college. If you’ve never read it, the Utne Reader is a roundup of essays and articles from lit journals and magazines–an analogue lit blog, if you will. There’s an awesomely weird piece of art in the story–a drawing of a young woman sitting at her computer, surrounded by ghosts of, among other things, cowboys. The funny thing is, the girl looks like me, or how I looked when I was working the obits desk. Spooky. Also spooky: It suddenly occurs to me that my own obit, which I wrote for the essay, has now been published twice. Universe: please disregard.