Translation Notes

"Tell all the truth but tell it slant": Shelley Frisch on translating Maybe Esther by Katja Petrowskaja



Escapees by Brett Stuckel

Empire, the famous giraffe on loan from San Diego to our county zoo, had a freak accident and injured his neck and died.



An interview with Tara Lynn Masih

When I learned she was publishing a novel, I wanted to reach out and talk to her about the experience of moving from the flash form to a longer form.

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Research Notes

Berit Ellingsen on Now We Can See The Moon

Now We Can See The Moon is a novel about a drowned city and a group of rescue workers/identification team who are, for various reasons, staying behind in the ruins.



Let’s Talk About What’s Between Us by Sophie Rosenblum

After my cousin died, dropped dead at forty folding clothes, I got checked for what she had.



Scrapbooking at the Valhalla Hills Community Center with Helga Mulholland by Michael B. Tager

Is your workspace clean? Take a moment to tidy. An organized space cleanses your soul!


Book Reviews

Monster Portraits by Del Samatar and Sofia Samatar

The new book Monster Portraits, published in a beautiful, slim volume by Rose Metal Press, consists of a collection of written vignettes by Sofia Samatar, which are based on series of drawings, the monster portraits of the title, by her brother Del Samatar.


Research Notes

Kathleen Rooney on The Listening Room

The pieces in my new book, The Listening Room: A Novel of Georgette & Loulou Magritte, are about the life and work of the Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte (1898-1967), told through the alternating perspectives of his wife Georgette — his lifelong companion, frequent model, and muse — and their shared series of Pomeranian dogs, all called Loulou.



Love Stories by Mark Budman

He had a poker face only a mother could love — rectangular, perfectly flat, framed by red hair, with a button nose, and with eyes so blue that they had to be covered by contacts — a face as ungainly as a mixed metaphor, a face best described in the one-step-away-from-reality words of Nikolai Gogol, Bertolt Brecht, or the music of Die Moritat von Mackie Messer.



Brittle Arms by Michele Finn Johnson

Marcie arrives at Danworthy Independent Living’s potluck with no expectations of delight. She made Swedish meatballs yet again, not because she likes Swedish meatballs or thinks that she makes them particularly well, but because it’s the only crockpot recipe she’s ever known, and at eighty-seven, she doesn’t see fit to learn anything new.


Book Reviews

Never Anyone But You by Rupert Thomson

Never Anyone But You is the story of the lives of two French intellectuals, who lived together in Nantes, Paris and on the island of Jersey between 1917 and 1954: Lucie Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe. Both were artists, better known as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore.