By Nate Brown
July’s web exclusive story, “The Sun and the Pacific, Flowers,” is both a beautiful meditation on the passage of time and a careful, close look at a young person’s anxiety that she’s not doing or being quite enough. Writer Rose Gowen’s images and sensory details are stunning; the story is brimming over with oleander and hibiscus, rosemary, agave, palms, and citrus trees. The smells and sounds of the Santa Barbara coast abound here, as does the sense that, for all of that beauty and bounty, danger remains. From the bank-robbing neighbors next door to the slick tiles of the rain-soaked downtown, Gowen provides a tempering undercurrent that makes this little story so much more than a pretty still life.