One of the pieces of advice that is often given to beginning writers is to put themselves into the body of their character. By doing that, they will not only know what their character thinks about a situation, but how their character feels about the circumstances. The character will then feel more real.
William Alexander's story, "Nicholas Went Looking for the Mayor's Right Hand" reads as if he took that advice, and then pushed it as far as it could go. It is a precise and gorgeous piece of writing, and one that may well serve to make you less comfortable in your own skin. "Nicholas Went Looking for the Mayor's Right Hand" was originally published in the July 2010 issue of Zahir.