Robert Shapard guest editor/ Summer 2015

Lydia Davis

Conversation in Hotel Lounge Two women sit together on the sofa in the hotel lounge, bent over and deep in conversation.  I am walking through, on my way to my room. First woman, loudly and distinctly:  “I never had fun…
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Joseph Starr

Vocation One employee at the Chinese restaurant chops the heads off ducks. Imagine the kitchen: thin streams of sweat on the foreheads, array of aged cookware on the walls, spattered oil yellow-hot, and the elderly Chinaman in his little nook….
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Kuzhali Manickavel

All the Terrible Things All the terrible things were the same size. They were furred over with dust and seemed to slouch in the heavy sunlight. Two of them had collapsed into each other—one was Being Caught in a Hurricane…
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Tania Hershman

The Most New Sport When there is a New Sport they find the players to fit: Elongated for basketball; sleek for swimming; flexibly jointed for golf. Put the elongated, the sleek and the flexibly jointed in a room, at an…
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Claudia Smith Chen

Gacy’s Wife John Wayne Gacy buried twenty-three victims in the crawl space of his house.  But when Carol Hoff, Gacy’s wife, was asked if she smelled anything, she said Gacy told her the smell was because of mice. My father…
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