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January 2013

Issue Highlights

Into Iraq, I Love Gitmo, Hotel Utopia, More Nutso From Ball Man, Numbers for Girls, Mark Nipple, Canoli Ganster (what's that?), Oppressed Women Redux, The Freak Chronicles, Autumn's Only Blood, Frantic Force and Infinite Suspension, Tale of Tommy Twice, The Rabbi's Husband, Love Slave, Salman Rushdie's Thing Making, Two New Orleans Poems, Sestina for Asma Al Asad, Goddamn Quictions ...   Read More


Hotel Utopia
That declaration—at once ironic and sincere, a pronouncement of defiance and of unity, seasoned with a delicious ... Read More


Watch the Doors as They Close
But of course really, it’s her own life she is trying to make sense of, isn’t it?... Read More

The Tale of Tommy Twice
What story, description, narrative isn’t ultimately a flawed misrepresentation of something organic, something living? ... Read More

The Rabbi's Husband
Thought-provoking and insightful in its focus on characters coming to terms with who they really are, what they value most, how they see themselves fitting into the world ... Read More

The Frantic Force
It's hard to believe such idealistic liberals maintained their infinite suspension through these last few years of national depression both economic and emotional ... Read More

Love Slave
Characters trying to live authentic, purposeful lives, lives that are examined and deliberate, to the concept of “freaks” – oddballs, pariahs, self-exiled loners ... Read More

Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Therefore, I read Joseph Anton primarily its portrait of Rushdie as a “teller of tales, a creator of shapes, a maker of things that were not ..." Read More

How to Say Goodbye
The narrator has a sense of ironic distance that gives us the clue to how to behave.  He keeps his head down, keeps crawling ... Read More

Autumn's Only Blood
The spider lily, which blooms abundantly in the American South in autumn is a transplant from Southeast Asia, a flower full of the potent symbolism of tragedy ... Read More

The Freak Chronicles
The flip side of this spiritual groping is the fear of inauthenticity.  Are they just going through the motions, not really a part of the social fabric?  ... Read More

Could You Be with Her Now
Born in 1940 when women were basically raised to be married, she’d always wanted to be a concert pianist but instead was more or less pushed by her mother into a secure, loveless marriage ... Read More

Cannoli Ganster
Those forks and knives – those memories – keep jabbing and poking Nicoletti’s consciousness throughout the volume ... Read More


To Merced College
by Yu-Han Chao

Then there’s the student who begs to not be dropped from the class because otherwise she cannot afford her upcoming surgery and will die and her blood will be on the instructor’s hands ... Read More


Girl Trouble
by Robin Billings

She tore into me then with her big loud voice, saying no, no, that was a mistake. It was not easier just turning left. ... Read More

Mark Nipple: My Life in Prime Numbers
by Robert Bagnall

ItI fired my depth charges into B1 followed by C1, D1, E1 and F1. All in a line, just to make absolutely sure ... Read More

by Mike Lee

Ten years later, two kids, and a fine line drew him to midtown Manhattan and magazine illustrations pitched and purchased ... Read More

by Mark Person

Ever since Aubrey left home to pursue life on the road with his band, Mark had had the growing suspicion that his life had become so much unfocused clutter, that the family home was nothing but a warehouse ... Read More

The Family Man
by Jerry Mulligan

She slept in the bed tied up to a small crescent of monitors which spewed out an endless list of paper facts... Read More

Girl 2, 5, or 7
by Eric D. Goodman

I like all eight varieties of tea and the coffee too, so I tend to wait to see what she’s having before I make my choice and pretend it’s my favorite. That sort of solidarity brings us closer together ... Read More

by Caryn Coyle

Yup, I can see that damn braid now. It does go pretty far down his back. Why in the hell does he think that looks good? ... Read More



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