Thirty-Seven Pages


by Shane Jesse Christmass

A while ago, someone on Facebook was selling books. I purchased a few titles by Alfred Jarry and Edouard Leve. This was years ago.

I have subsequently forgotten who sold me these books. I finally got around to reading ‘Autoportrait’ by Edouard Leve.

Upon flicking through the pages, I found a couple of receipts from the previous owner. Based on the nature of the novel, it seemed apt that I would discover these receipts.

One of these receipts is from the 15 November 2012. It is for a credit card transaction of $20. The transaction occurred at 11:08am. The transaction occurred at Advanced Dermatology at 130 West 86th Street in New York.

The receipt was wedged four pages in from the back cover. It is slightly faded. The word ‘dermatology’ is unable to be read.

The other receipt is also for a $20 sale. This transaction was on the 6 November 2012. The time was 5:33pm. This transaction occurred at Martino and Reagan Chiropractic. The business address is 33 Greenwich Avenue, Apartment 1C. This is, again, in New York.

This receipt is quite flat and well-preserved. The receipt was lodged on Page 117. This is the last page of the book. The top of the receipt has incurred slight water damage.

I have disposed of these receipts. I have read 37 pages of ‘Autoportrait’ so far.


About the Author:

Shane Jesse Christmass is the author of the novels, Yeezus In Furs (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018), Napalm Recipe: Volume One (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017), Police Force As A Corrupt Breeze (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2016) and Acid Shottas (The Ledatape Organisation, 2014). He was a member of the band Mattress Grave, and is currently a member in Snake Milker. An archive of his writing/artwork/music can be found at

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