it all melts down to this—a novel in timelines (chapter 9)

"Each chapter of it all melts down to this was created in response to a drawing or small painting the artist left on my desk chair without warning in the stifling Midtown Manhattan office building where we worked to support to our art." —Ben Miller


Ben Miller is the author of River Bend Chronicle (Lookout Books). His writing has appeared in Best American Essays and many literary journals, including AGNI, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Antioch Review, Raritan, One Story and New England Review. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (fellowship), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (fellowship) and the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America (research grant).

Dale Williams has exhibited in the New York City area for more than 20 years. His one-person show, “Fear Not To Appear,” highlighting early paintings, drawings, and books from 1980–1997, was held at Gowanus Loft (Brooklyn) in April 2016. He exhibited all 81 paintings from Phase One of “Cage Dies Bird Flies,” another collaboration with Ben Miller, at the Gowanus Loft in 2015. His images have appeared in the journals BOMBEcotonethe WeirderarySuperstition Review, Hayden’s Ferry ReviewBombay GinHotel Amerika and are forthcoming in Bat City Review. For his work on the "Cage Dies" project he recently received a fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts.