Ten Ways To Leave: Essay --- Melissa Matthewson | Numéro Cinq
Inspired by Leonard Michaels's story "In the Fifties," "Ten Ways to Leave" by Melissa Matthewson is a lovely, poignant evocation of a relationship in the leaving of it, charmingly written, rich with detail (in so brief a piece), startling and profound in its emotional honesty. And, of course, you can barely see the influence. Such is the nature of influence; good writers take an influence and make it their very own thing.