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Research Notes

Lost, Almost by Amy P. Knight

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.

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Fiction

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.”

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Fiction

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.

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Fiction

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.

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Fiction

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.

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Research Notes

Dana Diehl on Our Dreams Might Align

When I was a child, my family car rides were punctuated by my parents’ stories of the land: the glacier that carved this valley, the journey these quartz pebbles took from mountaintop to creek bottom. They are geologists. Their stories unfolded the world for me in a way that felt similar to the storybooks we read at home before bed.

Book Reviews

After Coetzee: An Anthology of Animal Fictions , ed A. Marie Houser

In After Coetzee: An Anthology of Animal Fictions, activist and scholar A. Marie Houser curates a provocative collection revealing the fissures of freedom and communication between human and nonhuman animals.