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The Testing of Luther Albright, by MacKenzie Bezos. Harper, 2005. $14.99, 256 pages.
Some readers maintain that plots conform to several basic skeletons, with minor variations in between. Regardless of whether this is true, of the models currently on …1
I was late telephoning Francine Prose. Thrilled by (and not a little nervous about) our impending conversation, I forgot that New York operates one full hour ahead of New Orleans. Thus I returned home from the store to a missed …1
Because I don’t believe in alarms, I awaken to words. I get dressed to the good news breaking. In fact, clothing haunts my every move, and the thought of what’s hanging in my closet is enough to keep me from …3
I flail like you wouldn’t
believe sometimes but it’s fine
because it’s mostly in airports and
looks just enough like running.
About a million people are
wearing those Bluetooth headsets
and I refuse to believe they’re all
that important so …
Mortal Trash, by Kim Addonizio. Norton, 2016. $26, 107 pages.
Kim Addonizio’s latest collection emphasizes what she writes about best: sex, relationships, and death. But Mortal Trash refines these concepts and their connection to waste or recovery. Whether meditating on …2
Susan Bernofsky hails from Louisiana and is an alumna of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Now living in New York, she is a German language translator, a teacher at the Colombia University School of the Arts, and …3
The snow falls like heads of cabbage—people ducking, finding cover in the least likely places. I’m at the bookstore, where the week before there was a shooting. I got hit in the hamstring. I don’t really want to be here …2
Bloody Saturday: Shanghai’s Darkest Day, by Paul French. Penguin (Australia), in association with Penguin (Beijing). 116 pages, $9.95.
Saturday, August 14, 1937. As Shanghai woke up peacefully in the aftermath of a typhoon that didn’t quite hit the city, its …1
and in the midst of all the typing
her spirit hums to a tune that only can be
we were chatting about the state of things, like people do. like people do who are familiar what the state …1
Minimal Damage: Stories of Veterans, by H. Lee Barnes. University of Nevada Press, 2007. $24.95, 200 pages.
In H. Lee Barnes’ short story collection, Minimal Damage: Stories of Veterans, the physical damage the characters suffer may be small, …3