“Once there was a kingdom without writing.” Short fiction by Natsumi Tanaka. Translated from Japanese by Toshiya Kamei.
“May the clapper strike them dead! May the empty valve of their ear be mirrored in a myxomatous heart! And may they never be remembered beyond their death!” Two stories by Bryce Jones.
Analeah Loschiavo Rosen
“The border is somewhere I’ve never been. Before this walk I had never thought of the border. Not in this way.” Fiction by Analeah Loschiavo Rosen.
“After we had sex he would talk about his daughter.” Short fiction by Leonora Desar.
“I saw a Bruegel painting not long ago. I don’t remember which one. I do remember thinking, ‘If they came—the gun-to-your-head men, the would-you-rather enforcers—which Bruegel painting would I eat?'” Fiction by Dan Melling.
Natalie Casagran Lopez
“She starts a blog where she posts recipes that can be filed as both stew and edible face mask. A rash bubbles up, her cheek a pink ripped vellum.” New work by Natalie Casagran Lopez.
“I was sitting on my stoop, smoking a spliff, thinking about my future, thinking about why I’m having a hard time working on my writing.” New work by Alexandra Naughton.
“If I rob this bank they’ll make a movie of me someday. That’s the way it goes.” Fiction by Paul Hansen.
Chris Oxley with a moving historical essay following a Russian-born Jewish songwriter’s immigration and aspiration in turn-of-the-20th-century America.
“I read an article on Frieze.com, and want to borrow the line ‘beyond repression and fetishization’ from Jörg Heiser. Then I go buy groceries and a new charger for my planned obsolescent-phone.” Fiction by Priscilla Posada.