“Some Case Studies in Failure” by Rebecca Rubenstein

K is failing to digest her food properly. The abdominal cramps came on suddenly, flash floods of pain that seized her mid-region, and now she eats a steady diet of rice and vegetables, because everything else is too heavy, and nothing comes out right anyway. She forewarned me once, that things were about to get […]

Reflections from Connecticut: Dear Linda McMahon

Linda McMahon c/o World Wrestling Entertainment 1241 East Main Street Stamford, CT 06902 November 7, 2012 Dear Linda: If I’d left a good job to chase a pipe dream for a few years, the first thing I’d probably do after the whole thing tanked would be to drop by my old break room with a Box o’Joe, […]

Five poems by Russ Woods

CATS There are three times as many cats in this room as I would like for there to be. There are eight cats in this room and I would like for there to be two and a bloody third of a cat, still a little bit alive. I think this would create some nice drama […]

Review: Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures

The Reviewed: Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub The Reviewer: Joellyn Powers *** There is a scene late in Emma Straub’s debut novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, where forgotten starlet Laura Lamont thinks of how much she misses the circle of lights on her dressing room mirror, the lights that surrounded her face and […]

“Nines” by Nick Ripatrazone

The Chatham Park High School fieldhouse pipes burst. Rust-clumped water peeled down the hill and painted the grass copper. The janitor cut the line to the water station used for practice. He said if one pipe went the entire system was contaminated. He interlocked his fingers and explained that all pipes were connected, an incredibly […]

Four poems by Elena Tomorowitz

Dare December People dressed in dark cover the streets,             cross back and forth their bodies pinched in the crevices they’ve made. They wear black in winter             not because the fabric’s warmer             but because their legs are filled with sludge and in their wake an assortment of caramels            covered in chocolate                         […]

“Raise Your Hand” by Jamie Grefe

I don’t remember such red hair or the way you stuck out your belly for the taxi. It was raining tar and the bus, too full to enter, stuffed of city stink. But this tremble is a fist in my mouth, a palpitation of being lonely. Hear it echo in stutters and fits. When she […]

Love Dumb: KISS (1974): “Strutter” (In which Paul Stanley Begins the Long Journey of Confusing the World as to His Sexuality) by Ryan Werner

Love Dumb is a series in which Ryan Werner describes the music catalogue of the band KISS. This installment considers Strutter, the third single off of the band’s eponymous debut album.   ***  “Strutter” makes considerably less sense than the song it started out as, a little Gene Simmons 60’s psych-rock ditty called “Stanley the Parrot.” This is significant, […]

Margaret LaFleur’s Travel By: In Transit

This is the latest in Margaret LaFleur’s Travel By. To go to the column page, please click here. At some point in the afternoon on the day we leave San Francisco, traffic grinds to a halt. We are in southern California on a two lane highway, driving towards Nevada and then Arizona, taking the long […]

“The Ultimate American Beauty” 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. Andrea shifted her American-Beauty sample case from her right shoulder to her left, which did not ache yet, and clicked the key fob to lock the company sedan.  Painted a soft yellow to offset the huge decals […]