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Rat Nest Astrology: June

Never Angeline North

06.03.19

The first installment of Fanzine’s new monthly horoscope column by Never Angeline North comes in blazing with meta-mystical wisdom for your June.

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Empathy

Claire Donato

05.20.19

“Once, I typed all of my secrets into an anonymous Internet survey. After I was done typing them, I pressed ‘send.’ Who, I wonder, was the recipient of my shame?” Claire Donato with a moving personal essay, inspired by Cigarettes After Sex’s “Affection.” Art by Sara Jimenez.

HOW I WON AN NEA FELLOWSHIP AND STOPPED HAVING FUN

Joseph Rathgeber

05.06.19

Joseph Rathgeber reflects on how the career high point of winning an NEA grant spiraled into a neurotic abyss of self-doubt and rejection amid a hyper-competitive field of literary hopes and dreams.

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All You Pretty Things: Randal O’Wain Talks with Juliet Escoria about her debut novel Juliet the Maniac

Randal O'Wain

04.29.19

Juliet Escoria spoke with Randal O’Wain about Escoria’s debut novel, Juliet the Maniac, discussing autofiction, addiction, youth, and including a soundtrack straight from 1999.

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JCVD

Erik Wennermark

04.19.19

The oeuvre of Jean Claude van Damme is thus laid bare, as Erik Wennermark attempts to scrutinize the inscrutable, mega-flexible cult icon’s career through its lesser known ephemera, including his sidelong relationship with Camus.

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Book Album Book: The Creaking of the Word

Jeff T. Johnson

04.04.19

The latest edition of Book Album Book considers the difference between lyrics and poetry, including a look at Jessica Pratt’s Quiet Signs and Liz Harris’ surprise double album as Nivhek.

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Invocation of My Demon Sister: Toxic Female Friendships in the Horror Film

Philippa Snow

04.01.19

Philippa Snow unpacks the appeal of the trope of toxic, mutually-intoxicated female friendships as found in four recent horror flicks: Perry’s Queen of Earth, Decker’s Butter on the Latch, Takal’s Always Shine, and Finley’s Thoroughbreds.

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Fanfiction & Queer Violence

Blake Planty

03.28.19

Blake Planty explores his personal relationship with fanfiction from an early age, how it exposed him to queer culture, and how queer writers navigate the violent and dangerous reality of occupying a queer/trans body through open-access prose.

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Unusual, Dirty Mementos: An Interview with David Nutt

Gene Kwak

03.25.19

David Nutt speaks with Gene Kwak about Nutt’s head-turning debut novel, The Great American Suction, and its inspiration, revision, influence, and much more.

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Sometimes We Coincide: A Conversation Between Laura Theobald and Sean Collins

Laura Theobald & Sean Collins

03.11.19

Laura Theobald and Sean Collins in conversation upon discovering their shared tactic of using the iPhone’s autopredict feature to generate poetry, as well as on #metoo, writing from discomfort, and more.