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Issue #7


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Issue #7


We are canceling Neutrons Protons forever.

Also, a pitch-black asteroid is hurtling toward earth, and soon we will all be dead.

Also -- HEY, IS THAT A SPIDER ON YOU?!!? IS IT?!?!?! IT IS!!! IT'S A SCARY SPIDER!!!

OK, stop crying and screaming incoherently: that was an April Fools' prank, and we're glad you fell for it. It's good to get a little shaken up now and again. April Fools' Day has some surprisingly literary origins, by the way. Its first known reference is in a poem from 1508 by Eloy d'Amerval, who called it "April Fish." In fact, in Europe, the holiday is still called April Fish, and it's mostly about putting fish where they don't belong. And then, true to form, America commandeered the holiday to make it about being just mercilessly cruel in the name of "good fun." To ease the pain of this needlessly brutish day, why not settle into some seriously good writing? This month's issue includes an exclusive interview with the writer Hilton Als, a never-before-seen epilogue to "The Great Gatsby," and plenty more. There might even be a fish where it doesn't belong lurking somewhere inside. Cheers!

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Humor


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Maybe Hell: the possible states of eternal damnation

by CJ Hunt

On April 16, Sony Pictures will release Heaven is for Real, a movie chronicling the amazing true story of a four-year-old boy who glimpsed heaven during an emergency surgery.  Amid all the excitement over the film’s release, I personally worry that perhaps we are overlooking some troubling implications of this young boy’s revelation. 

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Nick Carroway Moves Back Home

by Craig Robert Brown

In those vulnerable days after Gatsby’s funeral – when I returned to the middle-west – my father greeted me at the front door to his home and asked me this question which I have been turning over in my head ever since.

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A Different Bunyan

by Mark Patrick Spencer

And this brings us to the story of Trigger County's own Mr. Bunyan. That’s what most folks called him because he never spoke that much and no one knew his actual, God-given first name. Those of us unlucky enough to get to know this man, as best as one could know a man who never let anyone know him that well, knew him by his nickname – 'Toe'. 

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Crumbly: Man of Absence

by Kevin Moquin

Wade Crumbly is undoubtedly the greatest artist of the Eliminationist School, living or dead. And for over thirty years, this virtuoso has refused to produce a single painting, drawing, or representation in any media.

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Defying Categorization: Interview with Author Hilton Als

by Kira Ackerman

In Hilton Als’s new book White Girls, his first major work since The Women” in 1996, he explores who we are when our seams are undone, and we are not all stitched up and made to behave properly. Like the city of New Orleans, this collection of profiles captures the fluid nature of being— from Truman Capote to Eminem to Michael Jackson. “We find truth, human truth, by pretending to be people we’re not,” Als writes. Als unties memoir, fiction and cultural critique in what he calls “a kind of intellectual whodunit.”

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The Carbon Footprint of a Broken Heart

by Leslie Beach

I’m a naturalist, which, for the purposes of this reflection, means two things. First, I’m hyper-aware of all the ways that what I teach to students is incredibly difficult to maintain in daily life. From the amount of driving necessitated by living in a rural environment to the impossibility of eco-friendly wine consumption, even my fairly intentional life is rife with contradiction and unwanted impact. Second, my work and personal life are bound up to a degree that puts my small liberal arts college to shame. So.

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Sparrow

by Hannah Kuster

Most of this month's mornings I've woken to frosted window panes and a stomach still sloshing with Jack. Inflamed cheeks press themselves against the icy glass; a cool hand on a fevered forehead. Those wintry windows are opaque enough to shroud my view of you standing in the driveway where you stand each morning, waiting to climb into the metal canary's belly. 

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Handisome

by Jackson Kroopf

To be
handisome
is to seem
prepared
to fix
anything
even if you don't know how

To want
nothing
except recognition
that
you’re “different”
second guessing
as foreign as
overstepping