Mercedes Cortázar

Mercedes Cortázar

Mercedes Cortázar

Born in Havana, Cuba, Mercedes Cortázar currently resides in the United States and is publisher and editor of expoescritores.com, an online magazine and literary and culture portal. She is currently at work on an autobiographical novel and books of short stories and creative nonfiction.

Contaminated Telephones, by Mercedes Cortázar

The middle-aged Irish woman with red hair and bulging green eyes took a cotton swab from her black satchel and stuck it into the pink cream. Her name, she said, was Aileen. She swirled the stick with flair and applied the substance to the mouthpiece of the telephone, a square, black dial instrument of the early sixties. “This will completely eliminate the microbes,” she said with the officious tone of the evangelist.

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