“In the bleachers, a preteen sat by herself reading a woman’s magazine while her mother dilly-dallied with the whales.” Three stories by Joanna Fuhrman.
Jeff T. Johnson
The 13th installment of Jeff T. Johnson’s Book Album Book looks at the fantastic states of synesthesia found in albums like Shana Cleveland’s Night of the Worm Moon and Ex Hex’s It’s Real.
Intertwining the visceral with the uncanny, Sarah Rose Etter’s gorgeous debut novel, The Book of X, turns an outsider’s coming-of-age narrative into a struggle for survival against the everyday.
“The male dancer appears from the darkness, near her. They circle each other with birdlike lekking. The first cantaor unzips his skin, which falls to his feet. Out of his sinewy throat – or perhaps, from the earth – roars a bristly emotion, smelling of anguish and love and blood and tears.” From the heart of Andalucía, Erica Goodkind’s fierce appraisal of Flamenco.
For the 4th, four form-shattering poems by Ava Hofmann.
“As the cheese melts, the rain stops. What just happened between being outside with Alice and the bathtub with Alice?” Bask in an excerpt from Shane Jones’ latest novel, Vincent and Alice and Alice, dropping July 8th from Tyrant Books.
Never Angeline North
Check into the Rat’s Nest for everything you need to know about July, courtesy of FZ’s resident astrologer, Never Angeline North.
“The hose was wrapped in circles. He untangled it by whipping it around. It stretched to where he could wet the flowers.” Fiction by Niles Baldwin.
“I dreamt I was Kawhi Leonard and still nobody loved me.” Hadiyyah Kuma with a genre-bending meditation on trauma, attention, and the 2019 NBA finals.
“The American had been telling about the sex appeal of the Samsung—literally dripping off the edge—excuse me—” Fiction by Josh Boardman.