“Health Code” by Jules Archer

First things first. Every night, Frank gives his wife two calcium tablets before they go to bed. She opens her rosy palm and he plops the white capsules on top of soft flesh. She always laughs, joking about what’s really in the tablets but swallows them obligingly. He kisses her cheek before turning out the […]

“North Pole” by Adam Moorad

The girl scoured the boggy meadow for wild violets and daffodils. Her burnt hair looked like smeared blood under the pasty sky. She feebly wobbled across the spongy earth, and I watched her from the shade of an apple tree. “Miss,” I said. “Are you feeling okay?” My voice echoed across the hollow, and I […]

Review: Steal Me For Your Stories

The Reviewed: Steal Me For Your Stories by Robb Todd The Reviewer: Joellyn Powers *** There was a quote in a recent Lawrence Welk skit on Saturday Night Live that said something like, “Isn’t love beautiful when it’s gross?” I’m bringing this up because I believe it aptly describes Rob Todd’s nauseatingly wonderful story collection […]

Time Consuming, Complicated Cooking!: Wait Not, Want Not

This is the latest in Corey Sabourin’s Time Consuming, Complicated Cooking! To go to the column page, please click here. Most anyone who cooks would agree that making meals from scratch is ideal but balks at the time and energy involved. I say, if dinner doesn’t take most of the day and multiple sinkloads of […]

Anybody Can Really Bring A Song: A Conversation with Poets & Peasants

Poets & Peasants are a nine-piece band, comprised of Knox College students. Based in Galesburg, Illinois, their sound incorporates a wide range of instruments including upright bass, banjo, and violin. Their EP, All Towards Which We Grow will soon be followed by their first full-length album, due out from International Sock Monkey in the summer […]

“Double the Psychosis” by Meg Tuite’s Exquisite Quartet

This is the latest in Meg Tuite’s Exquisite Quartet. To go to the column page, please click here. “Identicals running every goddamn event again. What is this crap? Even the nametags make us sound like half-wits. ‘Hi, my name is Lloyd, fraternal.’ Every time I turn it’s another soup can staring at me. ‘Hi, my […]

Four poems by Danica Obradovic

Twenty New Fears to Counter Your Old Ones The fear of running into an old classmate who is president of a vaudeville troupe that only does impressions of you swallowing your food down the wrong pipe The fear of being run over by a train in a prison cell The fear of clacking a typewriter […]

Camille Griep’s Our House: “Scars”

This is the latest in Camille Griep’s Our House. To go to the column page, please click here. “All I got, all I got is my scars.” — Basement Jaxx, “Scars” When I was eight, my uncle and I were driving in a brown, loosely cobbled Buick. I don’t remember if there was a radio, […]

“Manual into Grind” by Simon Jacobs

“Ollie, stop it. You’re rubbing yourself again. Stop it.” This was how it began. Age six, barely weaned off the pacifier and there was little Ollie in his train-patterned pajamas, lying face-down beneath a baby blanket that ought to have been retired two years ago. He was short, so ostensibly he was covered, but his […]

“Erik Larson Wants Me Dead” by Beth Bates

Eight years have passed since Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City served up the adrenaline-cortisol martini that, in Hoosier parlance, pert near killed me. Though most of the fascinating details of Chicago history surrounding the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition have faded from my mind, a collection of grisly scenes from the book remain […]