Sometimes people stare at the old man pedaling a rusted red bicycle with a door lashed to it by bungee cords. Stewart doesn’t give a damn. He collects used doors. On Saturday mornings, he examines the newspaper and circles any promising garage sale listings. Then he maps out a route. The goal is to visit as many houses as possible without having to double back. He’s rigged his bicycle to carry the doors home…
It’s easier to handle desire than pain. It’s better to pursue the longing, even if it drives us mad. It gives one hope. And hope dies last. This appears to be the core impulse of “Stewart,” the main character of Brittany Smith’s short story “Doors.” Brittany is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent “Desire” call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Desire” issue.