Research Notes

Bride of the Sea by Eman Quotah

I’d never heard or read about the carnival called al-Qays before I read the article. But I wanted that history for myself. The only way to claim it was to make the details up.



Like Britney by Kaitlin Roberts

Andre doesn’t go out dancing anymore. On Saturdays, he paints these sad-boy Edward Hopper scenes. Faceless men at bus stops.


Book Reviews

The Trouble With Language by Rebecca Fishow

The Trouble With Language might be fiction, strictly, and prose, mostly, but genre is liquid in these stories.


Research Notes


Diana Barrymore, only daughter of Michael Strange (born Blanche Oelrichs) and the notorious John. She is twenty years old, and will not actually appear in this scene.



Everyone Must Leave Something Behind by Benjamin Woodard

I spy the insect as I prepare for bed.


Book Reviews

The Conquered Sits at the Bus Stop Waiting by Veronica Montes

The eight stories in Veronica Montes’ chapbook The Conquered Sits at the Bus Stop, Waiting are peopled by characters overwhelmed in some manner — by grief, by the desire to be seen, by the ceaseless march of time, by aging.



Totaled by Nathan Alling Long

When I opened my apartment door, my friend Sandy stood in the doorway, her clothes disheveled and stained with blood, her hair matted on both sides, twisted like stray wires.


Book Reviews

Edendale by Jacquelyn Stolos

Edendale, the first novel from Jacquelyn Stolos, takes place in Los Angeles during wildfire season and follows four roommates as small transgressions escalate into unforgivable ones.


Research Notes

Mike Fiorito on Falling From Trees

As an undergraduate in the mid-eighties at NYU, I had the privilege to study with Derek Parfit who is widely considered one of the most important and influential moral philosophers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.



Evvy Spied on Surfers by Alle C. Hall

Evvy was driving the ocean side of Highway 1 along the cliffs at Big Sur, fifty years old and feeling it in her neck and hip. It was difficult to keep her eyes off the Pacific. The wave was at sixteen feet.


Book Reviews

The Invention of Love by Sara Schaff

The Invention of Love, Sara Schaff’s second short story collection, is a meditation on the messiness of love, art, and belonging in women’s lives. Schaff is fascinated by the journey of female identity — its origin, development, and influences.