Be sure to check out my friend Fred Francis's new short story, Birds: http://pancakesdunst.blogspot.com/2006/07/birds.html
He's a great photographer of cityscapes and city people, and he's been my friend for a long time, back since I was in publishing. I was once the managing editor and sometime-gardening editor at a small non-fiction trade publishing company, Taylor Trade Publishing in Dallas. But they were sold to Rowman & Littlefield, and the staff was not retained, to use a euphemistic phrase.
Otherwise, I'd still be in Dallas right now. It boggles the mind.