"The Brothers K" in Waxing and Waning issue 11.
This rather dark story, based on the tavern scene in The Brothers Karamazov when Ivan tells Alyosha the legend of the Grand Inquisitor, is appropriately printed white on black. This is one of a series of twelve stories I'm working on, all of them responding, in one way or others, to literary classics I have loved.
First time I read Ivan's "Legend of the Grand Inquisitor," in my last year at Indiana University, I didn't get it. Subsequent readings, one of them in a course at UC Berkeley, lectured by Czeslaw Milosz, let it sink in, and I have even taught this novel at Rider University in a Dostoevsky course for the foreign languages department. I love the moment when Ivan leans out the window and invites his brother, Alyosha, in a novitiate's caftan, to come into the tavern to talk. So I thought about Kaminsky's in Cherry Hill, my hometown and imagined a "talk" there.