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Front Cover by Ward Schumaker, Hate Is What We Need, 2017. METHYLCELLULOSE AND ACRYLIC PIGMENT. Courtesy of the artist.

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Introduction

"POST-APOCALYPTIC FICTION has been moved to our Current Affairs section.” Written on a chalkboard outside the Bookloft bookstore in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning just after the last U. S. presidential election, Zazu Galdos-Schapiro’s witticism was instant meme material. Like all good jokes, her line flashed electric between id and insight, a short-circuit buzz that made us chuckle. A couple of years later, we’re no longer laughing, yet the challenge remains: if speculative fiction has indeed sublimated into document, critique, and analysis, well then, it’s high time to take it seriously. Peer publications like the Boston Review, with their “Global Dystopias” issue, have already begun such work; in these pages, the prose we publish offers a panoply of spec fic, mostly mixed blends of fantasy and sci-fi. Lit mags have a reputation for snobbery when it comes to genre, we know, but the best have always been interested in...

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Ruben

by Gabriella Kurvilla, translated by Victoria Offredi Poletto and Giovanna Bellesia Contuzzi

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“We are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest [...] the teachings of Thoreau are alive today, indeed, they are more alive today than ever before.”

—REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (MR 4.1, Autumn 1962)

From the Blog

10 Questions

10 Questions for Laure Katsaros

- By Abby MacGregor

“Ry-sur-Andelle, in Normandy, has one claim to fame: it has been described as a possible model for the fictional village of Yonville-l’Abbaye in Gustave Flaubert’s celebrated 1857 novel of adultery and provincial life, Madame Bovary.”
from “The Pharmacist’s Dream”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
In 2000, I completed a dissertation on the seashore in modern American poetry from for the Université Paris-VII. At roughly 550 pages, this was the longest piece I had ever written. I could never write anything like this again. Now I prefer shorter forms and less academic prose—my ideal is the essay.

What writer(s) or works have...


Reviews

Massachusetts Reviews: A Partisan Review

- By David DeGusta

Accomplice to Memory, by Q. M. Zhang (Kaya Press, 2017)

Editor’s Note: Given that this magazine was the first to publish pages from Zhang’s book, and that, since that time, the author has herself joined our masthead as fiction and nonfiction editor, this magazine certainly can make no pretense to absolute objectivity in her regard. We know what we like, and we think it’s our job to convince you to share our tastes. That said, we’re also happy that David DeGusta shares our enthusiasm.

Reading studies of human memory is a profoundly unsettling experience. We are all, it turns out, unreliable narrators. Our eyes are not cameras—filtering and...


10 Questions

10 Questions for Jody Winer

- By Abby MacGregor

Can I stop a dog from gnawing its tail?
you ask. Save a child from blindness? Rescue
a meadow? You want to understand your
range of motion. You will face rogue rivers,
scheming mosquitoes, rice shortages. Not
to mention surgeons with unsteady hands.
—from “Welcome to Guardian Angel School”, Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)

 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
...


10 Questions

10 Questions for Michael Lavers

- By Abby MacGregor

Tonight, even the frogs
are out there, discoursing to darkness,
regurgitating air, getting it said.
They too are turning the embarrassing
necessities of flesh into a kind of music,
they too are instruments of the invisible,
some unpleased power that would settle
for limp skin just to preserve itself.
—from "All This Fiddle", Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)

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10 Questions

10 Questions for Devon Miller-Duggan

- By Abby MacGregor

 1. Discuss: The Greeks said it all:

As with thyme—the scent of Greeks speaking Time,
breathing thyme, which grows even
when walked upon. On its own, spreads.
—from "The Test: Western Civilization", Fall 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 3)

 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
My 4th grade teacher had E. E. Cumming’s “[in Just-]” on one of the bulletin boards. That was the first time I’d...


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