“Modulation.” Conjunctions. 50 (Spring 2008). Short story read by Powers during his series of appearances in 2008, including San Francisco and Seattle. This issue of Conjunctions includes works by 50 contemporary writers, including, besides Powers, Joyce Carol Oates, Sandra Cisneros, Rick Moody, William Gass, Jonathan Carroll, and Robert Coover, among others. Also anthologized in the Pushcart Prize XXXIV and Best American Short Stories 2009.