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On Lynn Crawford’s Shankus & Kitto: A Saga

Eugene Lim

09.14.17

Lynn Crawford turns the family epic in upon itself, creating an against-the-grain take on the new normal. Eugene Lim reviews.

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Coastal Zone

Derick Dupre

09.13.17

“A man with bypass scars spoons something greasy into his mouth. Torpid picnics in the sand. An embarrassment of fishcakes. A pornography of bologna. The sun. The scents.” New short fiction by Derick Dupre.

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The Toxic & the Lyric II: Hearing and Hell; Inversion as Subversion; Everyone, or, The Dead; the Child-Migrant

Joyelle McSweeney

09.12.17

The second installment in Joyelle McSweeney’s ongoing column on The Toxic and The Lyric, this week turning to the notion that “The Map of the Ear is the Map of Hell,” and including consideration of the work of Kim Hyesoon, Don Mee Choi, William Blake, and more.

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In Search of Duende: Kiss the Fire

Daniel Vidales

09.11.17

“Rather than just bastardized values of authenticity and emotion, Lorca’s theory really deals with formulation and application. Duende arguably occurs during the creative process, a period where distortions, cracks, and twists birth meaning with experience and skill.” Daniel Vidales challenges traditional notions of duende, emphasizing the willful intention behind art.

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A Simple Stretch of Highway

Brett Ortler

09.07.17

“If Google Earth marked each death with a pin in real time, the world would seem to bloom with departure. On a day-to-day basis, the locations of most deaths go unmarked.” Brett Ortler investigates the tragedies that underly the roadside memorials that line our daily paths.

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THE THIRTEEN TIMES I MET KEVIN COSTNER

Chris Okum

09.06.17

“The first time I met Kevin Costner he was on the other side of a locked bathroom door. I introduced myself and told him it was nice to meet him, but he didn’t say anything.” New short fiction by Chris Okum.

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On Of Being Dispersed

Zack Anderson

09.05.17

Simone White’s Of Being Dispersed finds power in the elusive, in superabundance, in refusal, in quandry, manifesting a body that cannot be pinned down. Zack Anderson reviews.

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The Toxic and the Lyric I: On Losing My Hearing; The Infernal; The Sublime and the Virtual; Tuberculosis bacilli

Joyelle McSweeney

08.31.17

The first in Joyelle McSweeney’s ongoing series, The Toxic and the Lyric, which begins with a question: “Where is Art going and where has it been?”

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Catnet

Christopher James

08.30.17

“Sometime I embarrass carry catnet with cat in, especially near tourist and near customer, but then I see man with ratnet and know life could worse.” New fiction by Christopher James.

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What It Takes to Be a Princess

Stephanie Jimenez

08.29.17

“There were no Spanish princesses as far as I knew, so Pocahontas it was.” Stephanie Jimenez reflects on growing up struggling to understand race, culture, and love while consuming popular media that exoticizes women of color.