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Keep Swimming or Be Drowned

August 20, 2017

by ROBERT MAYNOR I knew what my brother would do before I called him. That’s why I’d put it off for so long. JD is not a moderate kind of man, and he saw enough of women being mistreated when … Continued

The Idyll of Unreproved Pleasures Free

July 25, 2017

by JOHN ILLO                   (Click image for full text.) First published in Carolina Quarterly Issue XVII in 1965, John Illo’s “The Idyll of Unreproved Pleasures Free” analyzes the controversial novel Memoirs of a Women … Continued

The Sea Road

July 17, 2017

by JAMES ELENS The storm washed away the town on a Sunday. Moselle lay on the eastern end of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya swamp basin, fifty miles south of New Orleans. The whole town was only a dozen homes perched lined along … Continued

Ars Botanica: A Review

July 11, 2017

by Mary Scott Manning Curbside Splendor Publishing, July 2017, 185 pp. “Sometimes when in the blast radius of some catastrophic act, even the most quotidian things, the dumbest everyday shit will still be immortalized,” admits Tim Taranto. His memoir, Ars … Continued

The Thousand Injuries

June 19, 2017

by REBECCA LARTIGUE Judy had overdone it again, she realized, assessing the large sheet cake; she’d be eating leftovers for days.  But it didn’t matter.  Everyone was having fun, talking in their version of Early Modern English:  “Wilt thou cut … Continued

Threat Desk

May 28, 2017

by JOHN HAGGERTY At 3:55PM I close the Threat Desk. I say “close” in the interests of accuracy, because at the inception of the Threat Desk program, when we were given a generous selection of models and options to choose … Continued

Super Extra Grande: A Review

May 23, 2017

by DOREEN THIERAUF Restless Books, June 2016, 160 pp. Originally written in Spanish (2012) and masterfully translated into English by David Frye, Super Extra Grande is a genre-bending space opera as original and erudite as its author, a hair metal … Continued

The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington: A Review

May 1, 2017

by SAM BEDNARCHIK St. Louis, MO: Dorothy, a publishing project, 2017. 215 pp. By my roughly crunched count, Leonora Carrington’s complete literary output totals just over 600 pages of writing. Her Complete Stories, reissued by Dorothy in a beautiful book … Continued


April 25, 2017

by MARK GOODRICH Lizzy sat in the recliner her kids had bought her when they moved her into the home after Joe had died. The television was on, some news program, muted. One window in the small living room, looking … Continued

The Mudsuckers

April 17, 2017

by LINDSAY WILSON Lake Buena Vista, California. At dusk, if you are lucky, this man-made lake’s surface lays as still as hand beaten metal, the thin imperfect mirror of which breaks with each fish biting at the steel ceiling of … Continued