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Archive for March, 2009

Jessica Anya Blau

They Use Live Leeches. I Swear.

March 31st, 2009
by Jessica Anya Blau

BALTIMORE, MD-

My friend Mac Bryant almost lost his thumb.  I interviewed him while he was doped-up with pain-killers and had live leeches hanging off his flesh.  The following is all true.
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Eric Spitznagel

March 31st, 2009
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Our very own Eric Spitznagel performs at LitQuake 2007.


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Ha Jin

March 31st, 2009
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Ha Jin 
Born in Liaoning, China, this National Book Award-winner first came to America in 1984.


Irene Zion

African Butts

March 30th, 2009
by Irene Zion

MIAMI BEACH, FL-

Yesterday morning I woke up bright and early and took my dogs for a walk. I don’t have any pictures of my dogs’ butts, but they’re not African.  Everything was fine until I twisted my ankle and heard a loud snap.  This has happened before.  Twenty-five years ago it had been six weeks since Benjamin was born and I was ready to get back into shape.  I took Ben in his little infant carry seat to a gym and joined.  I was doing aerobics for less than six minutes when my ankle twisted and I heard a loud snap.  It’s that snap that tells you that you really messed up. I have always taken klutziness to a new level.  My ankle was broken and I needed a cast. They let me walk in that one.  At that time I had a standard transmission car. That clutch was a bitch. We have an automatic now.   The Doc told me that I have weak ankles and to stay away from ice-skating.  I was not ice-skating yesterday, I was walking, but apparently now I have to stay away from walking also.

I promised you some African butts, so I guess I’d better show you some.

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Dawn Corrigan

The Story of Feldman the Dog

March 30th, 2009
by Dawn Corrigan

GULF BREEZE, FL -

An homage to The Story of Ferdinand, only about my dog.

Once upon a time there was a little dog and his name was Feldman.

All the other dogs would run around and bark and sniff each other’s butts, but not Feldman. He liked to sit just quietly and smell the flowers. He had a favorite spot out in the yard where he liked to sunbathe. He would sit against a brick wall next to an orange tree and sunbathe and smell the flowers.

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Brad Listi’s Mom

March 30th, 2009
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Our very own Brad Listi interviews his mom.


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Richard Ford

March 30th, 2009
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Richard Ford 
The Pulitzer Prize-winner was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944.


Jennifer Duffield White

Love Song for Budding Colors and Bloody Paws

March 29th, 2009
by Jennifer Duffield White

SARANAC LAKE, NY-

I shave my legs more often, dice green vegetables back into my diet, and find myself looking into the mirror in search of a favorable impression more often.

I let the v-lines of my shirt drop seductively low, unhindered by scarf or sweater.

And just now, as I was walking, I became aware of a sultry swing of the hips that has infiltrated my stride, stretching from swirled embroidery on jean pockets down to brown leather boots.

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Simon Smithson

The Grass Always Makes You Stronger on the Other Side

March 29th, 2009
by Simon Smithson

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-

I had just finished telling a friend about a project I had recently launched, only to nervously watch it struggle to gain altitude and airspeed, wobble, and come shakily back down to earth. He commiserated, made all the right sympathetic noises, finished the last of his coffee, and said ‘Well, you know, it’s better to have tried and failed than never tried at all.’

‘No,’ I said. ‘Incorrect. It’s better to have tried and succeeded than never tried at all.’

People don’t always like it when you say things like that. (more…)


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Kimberlee Auerbach

March 29th, 2009
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Our very own Kimberlee Auerbach reads from her book The Devil, the Lovers, and Me.


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Michel de Montaigne

March 29th, 2009
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Michel de Montaigne 
He helped to invent the essay as a literary genre.


Elizabeth Collins

Show Us Something New and Show Us Some Money!

March 28th, 2009
by Elizabeth Collins

PHILADELPHIA, PA-

I have been waiting nearly two years to see what was a new story of mine finally published. 

A few years ago, I got busy sending out this story to literary journals, and after flurries of rejections (all standard—I didn’t let it get to me), I finally had an acceptance at a prestigious literary review. I was very pleased.

I became less pleased when I learned that it might be nine months or so from the time of acceptance until the eventual publication.

Sigh. Just standard publishing world time lag, I thought. Typical that it takes months to hear back from these journals, and then many months more before the story comes out.

As I filled out the writer’s contract, I read that I would be paid $50 upon publication.  I have to say that even though that is a pittance for the solid month or two of working time that this particular story cost me, I was kind of looking forward to fifty extra bucks. That’s a tank of gas, or two pizza deliveries. That’s a mani-pedi-wax. (It is not a new pair of shoes, a week of groceries, a massage, or even a tube of eye cream.)

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“All the Times” Redux

March 28th, 2009
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Please enjoy the music video for “All the Times,” by our very own Rich Ferguson. Video directed by Mark Wilkinson.


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Ford Madox Ford

March 28th, 2009
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Ford Madox Ford 
The author of The Good Soldier gazes into the lens.


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Jonathan Evison

March 27th, 2009
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Our very own Jonathan Evison talks about the writing life.


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Terry Southern

March 27th, 2009
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Terry Southern 
His 1962 piece ‘Twirling at Ole Miss,’ written for Esquire magazine, was groundbreaking. Tom Wolfe has called Southern the inventor of New Journalism.


Erika Rae

Why Does the Patron Goddess of Japan Hate Me?

March 26th, 2009
by Erika Rae

BOULDER, CO-

When it comes to my expectations of the great beyond, I try not to get too excited. If I make it to heaven, I’ll be doing good to get a studio flat with a dumpster-side view of the golden chariot highway.

If, however, the Ever After is karma-based, death will not bring me peace, for I have work to do. No, not peace; only a new uniform in the grand roller derby we call life.

A few more turns to take in the mortal skin.

A few more rounds of puberty.

A few more high school graduations and potential conflict with my mothers.

I used to believe passionately in Hell…

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Colleen McGrath

Cut Backs: Wrinkles and Recession

March 26th, 2009
by Colleen McGrath

BERLIN, GERMANY

I just used my boyfriend’s shaving cream to shave my legs and now they smell like a man.  On the one hand, I’m still shaving my legs which I consider a coup in the war against the loss of my beauty regime.  On the other hand, my legs smell like a man’s face.  Sometimes that’s okay, but better when you’re lying in bed with oxytocin rushing through your veins and the sheets rumpled beneath you rather than fresh from the shower.  (more…)


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Tobias Wolff

March 26th, 2009
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Sit down on the carpet and listen to Tobias Wolff read aloud.


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C.S. Lewis

March 26th, 2009
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The creator of Narnia at work.