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Civil Discourse in the Trumpocalypse

By | 2017-12-12T14:04:20+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Categories: Issue 51: 14 Dec 2017|Tags: , |

By Sara Marchant   My brother Marvin is calling me, and, as usual, I debate whether to answer the phone. My mother claims she never had an affair with Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David, but my brother is so similar to the self-centered, self-absorbed, neurotic nervous maniac David, that I’m not sure I believe her. I [...]

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Coconut Boys

By | 2017-12-18T08:12:11+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Categories: Issue 51: 14 Dec 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt   Mr. Phan stands and faces the passengers, his small frame mostly hidden by his seat back, a microphone in his hand. He blinks through thick, round glasses. Nodding in one direction, his eyes grow large; in another, bisected. On his periphery, rice fields blur by, water buffalo, shrines sending the smoke of [...]

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By | 2017-10-17T18:42:41+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Issue 45: 19 Oct 2017|Tags: , , |

By R.R. Marsh   #MeToo. It took me several moments to post the words on my Facebook account. I had to think through my past—a place I generally prefer to avoid—and consider events I had ignored for quite some time. Had I been a victim of sexual assault? Or was I fashioning mere slips of male [...]

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Going to Ground

By | 2017-08-09T13:35:37+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Categories: Issue 35: 10 Aug 2017|Tags: , |

By Sarah Einstein   Like a good citizen, I call my senators at least once a week these days, but their aides are brusque. They tell me that Alexander and Corker support the president’s education agenda/healthcare reform/immigration order or whatever I’m outraged about on a given day. In the first few weeks, they’d thank me for [...]

Inaugural Bird Omens

By | 2017-06-15T12:01:59+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Issue 29: 15 June 2017|Tags: , , |

By Annie Connole inauguration (n.) 1560s, from French inauguration “installation, consecration,” and directly from Late Latin inaugurationem (nominative inauguratio) “consecration,” presumably originally “installment under good omens;” noun of action from past participle stem of inaugurare “take omens from the flight of birds; consecrate of install when omens are favorable,” from in- “on, in” (see in- (2)) [...]

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I Still Am

By | 2017-05-10T15:00:17+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: Issue 24: 11 May 2017|Tags: , |

By David Martinez   I’m reading Open Veins of Latin America—because I’m writing my South-American book—when the woman in the parking lot starts to scream. The man’s screaming, too, and it’s violent screaming and I can’t see them. But I know they’re both red-faced and she’s crying. She’s shrieking. They’ve both been shrieking for a lifetime, but I couldn’t [...]

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By | 2017-03-06T10:19:44+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Categories: Issue 16: 16 Mar 2017|Tags: , |

By Heather Herrman   A month ago, I lost my daughter to a miscarriage. Science did not tell me she was a girl, but I knew it through every bone in my body. My great-grandmother, Wilhelmina Volk, came from Germany when she was sixteen to an arranged marriage with a drunk. The man gave her two [...]

The Invisible

By | 2017-03-09T04:23:20+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Categories: Issue 16: 16 Mar 2017|Tags: , |

By Jason Metz   You do not see us, so let me show you. I’ll start here, with a needle. First, there’s an antiseptic pad to sterilize the injection area, to the left of the belly button, just below a birthmark. The needle is more like a fat pen, a pre-filled syringe encased in plastic with [...]

Something More

By | 2017-03-02T17:39:29+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Categories: Issue 15: 9 Mar 2017|Tags: , |

By Cynthia Romanowski   2017: January. Huntington Beach. I'm on my couch. Tears rolling down. Obama just thanked Michelle in his farewell and I've finally lost it. This is not about politics, at least it doesn't feel like it, it feels like something more. In the kitchen my boyfriend opens a package from the mail. It's the [...]

Blue Plate Special

By | 2017-02-23T11:29:15+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Categories: Issue 12: 16 Feb 2017|Tags: , , |

By Sara Marchant   The little girl in the booth behind me is bouncing on her vinyl seat in excitement, and I stop chewing my crunchy salad in order to better eavesdrop. My back is to her, and her back is towards me, so I can hear her breathy voice over the bouncing creak of the [...]

Fun to Be Fabulous

By | 2017-02-23T11:50:45+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Categories: Issue 11: 9 Feb 2017|Tags: , , , |

By C. Gregory Thompson “You look just like my aunt,” the woman said to us, looking at my friend, Sara. “But, of course, she’s dead now.” We were perched on the aqua blue cushions of an outdoor couch on what we jokingly referred to as the “lanai” at Rancho Las Palmas, a resort in Palm Desert, [...]

The Prescription

By | 2017-02-23T18:55:18+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Categories: Issue 6: 5 Jan 2017|Tags: , , |

By Carolyn Ziel My friend Jill posted a picture of Steve Bannon on Facebook with his quote, “Birth control makes women unattractive and crazy.” Jill’s comment was “Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!” My response was “hash tag medical marijuana.” I was kidding when I wrote it. But on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30, [...]