The short story “Fumatorium” was written by Robert Steven Goldstein as a high school student in 1969.  It won first prize in that year’s National Scholastic Magazine short story contest.  Two decades later “Fumatorium” was optioned by Hollywood screenwriters, but no movie was ever produced.

An Old Dog

Walking an old dog teaches me a great deal. Sapphire is seventeen, a mixed breed. Her size, coat, and head-structure are that of an Australian cattle dog. Her barrel-like torso and short legs are unmistakably Welsh corgi. I found her in a shelter when she was about two. […]