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Research Notes

Love Songs for a Lost Continent by Anita Felicelli

You could say that the research for my short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent begins with the unanswerable question I have about my first memory.

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Fiction

Utopia Falls by Rachel Lyon

In the summertime, I have heard, Utopia Falls lives up to its name.

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Research Notes

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum on What We Do with the Wreckage

Mama, my daughter asks me at bedtime, if you were an animal, what animal would you be?

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Fiction

The TSA Inspected My Checked Bag by A.D. Nauman

In it they found four tiny bottles of shower gel, six tiny lotions, a plastic laundry bag swollen with balled up clothes — I was on my way home, clearly, trip over.

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Book Reviews

Uncommon Miracles by Julie C. Day

At the first glance, Uncommon Miracles is surely a somewhat tautological title. This impression, however, diminishes as one progresses through the collection.

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Research Notes

Darrin Doyle on Scoundrels Among Us

Q: Is the inside of my brain the journey or the destination?

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Fiction

Boléro by Glenn Shaheen

When I was in college I saw a movie where the protagonist collected glass figurines of goats. He was a struggling artist with a two bedroom apartment in Manhattan, a genius spurned by his peers, until a woman, another artist, appeared in his life and helped him to greatness.

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Research Notes

Christina Neuwirth on Amphibian

While writing these notes I am re-teaching myself how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. I first learned how to do it in 2010 and it took me a little while to get the hang of it. Once I had figured it out, it became part of what my hands were capable of doing — like learning how to play the piano as a teenager, my hands knowing the pieces better than I did, the notes and algorithms becoming muscle memory.

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Fiction

The Baby Makers by Xenia Taiga

The baby makers were not willing accomplices. The women’s bodies, young and old, had all stopped preparing. They said there was too much pain involved.

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Interviews

An Interview With Angela Mitchell

Angela Mitchell discusses her debut collection Unnatural Habitats and Other Stories with Nancy Au.

Book Reviews

Pretend We Live Here by Genevieve Hudson

Genevieve Hudson’s small debut story collection, Pretend We Live Here, could easily get lost in the shuffle, but it shouldn’t. Seeing it on writer Melissa Febos’ Instagram page put it on my radar, prompting me to pick it up when I saw its joy-yellow cover on a table at my local indie bookstore.