With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Bruce Ballenger’s recent essay “Return to the Typewriter” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received a notable mention in The Best American Essays. He lives in Boise, Idaho, and collects typewriters, though his collection has permanently stalled at nineteen.
For all Dad’s skill with wood and tools, his life was sloppily built. Some sorrow whose origins I can’t name led him to consistently misread the ruler. What does a son do with the wreckage of his father’s life forty-six years after his death?