Ancient Cities by Pablo Piñero Stillmann

My support for the previous mayor caused indignation among my friends. Even Carola, who never voiced an opinion and never ever lost her shit, called me a fascist snob after I defended said mayor’s policies of cleaning the streets of vendors.


Book Reviews

When He Sprang From His Bed, Staggered Backward, And Fell Dead, We Clung Together With Faint Hearts, And Mutely Questioned Each Other by Christopher Kang

The most striking feature of Christopher Kang’s short story collection aside from its title, When He Sprang From His Bed, Staggered Backward, And Fell Dead, We Clung Together With Faint Hearts, And Mutely Questioned Each Other, a story in itself, is the subtitle advertising that the book contains 880 stories.


Research Notes

Amy P. Knight on Lost, Almost

As I sit down to write this, the threat of nuclear war has become terrifyingly concrete. Over the last six months, it has increasingly become something people in the mainstream reasonably worry about.



Of Lakes and Swans by Andrew Bertaina

My daughter likes me to tell her stories before bed. She keeps quiet as I try to weave something meaningful with words, her eyebrows knitted in concentration.

Book Reviews

The Walmart Book of the Dead by Lucy Biederman

Lucy Biederman’s wonderfully inventive first book re-imagines The Papyrus of Ani, from the Book of the Dead (ca. 1250 B.C.E.) in a brisk, 70-page collection of vignettes she calls “spells.”



When We by Dustin M. Hoffman

When you and I turned into snails, I tore myself from my shell, and we squeezed into yours.

Book Reviews

Planet Grim by Alex Behr

While not every story in Planet Grim is set on planet Earth, the book delivers on the “Grim.” Alex Behr’s debut story collection is a gritty wonderland of junkies, burnouts, and dreamers, with most of its stories centered on the forgotten, drug-addled underworlds of the Pacific Northwest.



To the woman by Tori Malcangio

who chased her boy. who wasn’t playing a duck and goose game, but cocked her soft jaw and sprinted with the arrow eye of a coyote on a hare.

Book Reviews

Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo, tr Sondra Silverston

Israeli writer Eshkol Nevo’s Tel Aviv seems like a very modern city, yet there are hints of an unquiet past everywhere you look. The inhabitants of this apartment block with the three floors of the title in a quiet suburb of Tel Aviv are no exception.



Clutchings by Alina Stefanescu

And the day came when Jose told his wife that climate change was a fact and love was no longer a reliable basis for marriage.

Book Reviews

Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo, tr Allison M. Charette

The opening of Beyond the Rice Fields, set in 19th-century Madagascar, evokes the mists of memory, of bittersweet childhood lost in time.