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Jacob Aiello

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Jacob Aiello can trace his ancestry back to rabbis and horse thieves. His stories and essays have been published in or are forthcoming from The Rupture, Carve Magazine, and Ninth Letter. He lives in Milwaukie, Oregon.

— From May 2021
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Bowl, Large Cloth, Pair Of Chopsticks

The air is still. The governor is on the radio: “This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history.” I start vacuuming. It’s not until Amy gets home an hour later that we begin to outline what needs to be done: We need cat carriers to transport the cats. We need provisions for the animals. We need our medications. I am demonstrating how much we need our medications.

May 2021
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Routine

I take the test, grade myself strictly, and add up the points. The result is that I’m likely an alcoholic and should seek treatment as soon as possible. I take the test again and grade myself more forgivingly, because forgiveness is a virtue.

April 2019
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