That last example is great! Great story! I've read both of the Joe Hill stories...will have to look for that again on a re-read, but the Walter Mitty character is memorable because the whole story was his fantasy life. Reminds me of that story from Cheever, I think it was...this guy makes his way home and he does so by swimming through all of the neighborhood pools. Doesn't quite meet the...whatever about time passages...not the way I recall the story, but it came to mind. From Here to Eternity, Jame Jones...listed this above and I looked again at my notes/review/index....Jones has a character named Warden have a conversation with himself. And then there's a couple descriptions that are nice, kinda related: the eyelids shuddering closed at that moment when you went clear out of your own body and you knew nothing and knew everything, you a long ways off with only a slim silver cord attaching you to yourself back there... & it was more as if there were two of him, and one of him went off and away from the other of him. he could look back and see the other of him there on the bunk, and he did not know any more which of him was him. there was a kind of cord that looked like it was made out of jism connecting the two of him and he knew from somewhere, but unconcernedly this time, that if that cord ever got broken he was dead. then he went further on into the still growing black spot and could not see the other of him down there on the bunk any more.