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The Naturalists, by B.J. Hollars
Teenaged Frankie’s father, always the optimist, decides he and his son will move to the Nature’s Bounty nudist colony after Frankie’s mother leaves him for the point guard of the San Antonio Spurs. The first rule of nudist colonies: erections are frowned upon. Yet Frankie’s father sports one constantly. He sticks out (literally), yet seems to be having the time of his life. Frankie, rather unlike the surly teen one would expect from such a situation, approaches his father’s mid-life crisis with humility and humor. “The Naturalists” contains perhaps the best one-on-one basketball scene ever put to paper and stands out as one of the funniest stories in The Chamber Four Fiction Anthology.