The girl and the ghost by Hanna Alkaf

Book Review

Hanna Alkaf is a writer from Malaysia where the legend of the pelesit originated—in Malay myth, a pelesit is a shape shifting spirit usually under…

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My Mother: Technology and Retirement in the Pandemic

My Mother: Technology and Retirement in the Pandemic

My parents now have the same sleep schedule they yelled at me about in high school. My mother goes to bed at midnight and sleeps…

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From the Editorial Desk

From the Editorial Desk

Women have played a major role in our sustenance and growth during the last eight years. In our editorial team or in our submissions pile,…

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Dance Macabre, 2020

Dance Macabre, 2020

In the first week of quarantine my dad started wearing his mask and a tree branch nearly fell on our heads, nearly killing us. It…

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Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

Book Review

Sayaka Murata’s Earthlings (2020), translated into English by Ginny Tapley Takemori, is a slim yet eerie novel about a young woman who feels peripheral to…

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Stage Entrance

Stage Entrance

The last acting job I had was on Late Night with David Letterman. A few months shy of my fiftieth birthday, I walked into the…

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Bright Stain

Gutsy and Revelatory: Francesca Bell’s Bright Stain

As the title suggests, Francesca Bell’s debut collection of poetry, Bright Stain (Red Hen Press, 2019) is rife with complexity and nuance. A stain might…

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A Hard Day’s Night in Calcutta

A Hard Day’s Night in Calcutta

One evening about eight Warren dropped by our apartment unexpectedly.  As he walked in he said, “No surprises here: how did I know you’d be…

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Consciousness Amid Crisis: Elaquent’s ‘Forever is a Pretty Long Time’ and the Superiority of the Arts in Our Lives

Consciousness Amid Crisis

Our longest days are barely over. What feels like a sci-fi feature set in a distant, dystopian future is the current reality for millions of…

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The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

Book Review

Nothing distinguishes a human being from other creatures (including other humans themselves) like memory. Each of us are unique in our experiences and their associated…

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This is how we kill an Artist

This is how we kill an Artist

“The artist’s life is romantic to everyone but him.” An Artist is Born It begins, or ends like this: one day you’re in the back…

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Between the Numinous and Me

Between the Numinous and Me

Every author gets asked—cornered, perhaps—to say succinctly: What’s your book about? Two ex-cons murder a family of four in Kansas and, after the crime and…

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The Machine is Learning by Tanuj Solanki

Book Review

The title of Tanuj Solanki’s book, The Machine is Learning suggests that this could be a book about a dystopian world commandeered by machines. It…

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Of Mothers and Daughters: Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta and Three Alice Munro Short Stories

Of Mothers and Daughters

Pedro Almodóvar’s 20th feature Julieta (2016) stays wholly with its eponymous heroine, played by the vivacious Adriana Ugarte in her younger years and by Emma…

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Everything’s Dead But the Tree: Notes on Beckett and Alzheimer’s

Notes on Beckett and Alzheimer’s

“That’s how it is on this bitch of an earth.” — Pozzo in Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett I read Waiting for Godot this…

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Extinctions By Josephine Wilson

Book Review

With Extinctions, Tin House Books has published an exceptional novel, smart in so many ways. Josephine Wilson’s writing is superb, the plot refreshingly original, characters…

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His Father's Disease by Aruni Kashyap

Book Review

The central focus in Aruni Kashyap’s collection of short stories titled, His Father’s Disease, revolves around issues like violence against women, parental problems, the subtle…

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Don’t You Know You Can’t Go Home Again?

Don’t You Know You Can’t Go Home Again?

Spending nights playing with diceGoing out on moonlight nightsKeeping the festive day in honour of springPlucking the sprouts and fruits of the mango treesEating the…

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Love Like a Volcano

Love Like a Volcano

My boyfriend wasn’t much of a problem-solver, but he managed to be the person I called when I needed to solve a problem. He dropped…

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The Magic & Mystery in Magical Realism

The Magic & Mystery in Magical Realism

The term magic implies sleight of hand, an ability to make things appear and disappear at will. In a magic show, magicians exercise their ability…

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