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We’ve already tried everything. We tell the waitress to bring rolls, wine. Meanwhile we’ll decide what we want to order. This is our favorite restaurant. It’s the only restaurant in town as far as we’re concerned. The atmosphere is exquisite—carpet with hunting scenes, dark wood. The mayor and his cronies sit nearby, tearing apart their steaks by candlelight and spilling juice on their ties. I wave. […]

Web Exclusive Interview: Richard Mirabella

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Back in November, we published the Web Exclusive story “The Sister” by Richard Mirabella, a tale with a timeless sense of the heartbreak and loss. We talked with Mirabella about the story’s roots, queer fiction, and the pains and pleasures of writing when you’ve got a full-time job.

Web Exclusive Interview: Anton DiSclafani

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In our December Web Exclusive story, “Flight,” author Anton DiSclafani freezes a moment in the life of an aged John J. Audubon. It’s a moment that allows us a bird’s-eye view of the famed ornithologist/artist’s exotic origins, his loss and his passion, and his rivalry with Alexander Wilson. It’s elegiac without being mawkish, and you walk away feeling as though you’ve just been up close with a rare and brilliant specimen. [. . .]

Flight

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I am traveling across the sea, again. Sometimes it seems I have spent more time on water than on land; sometimes, when I am home, I wake up in the middle of the night and am surprised when my old legs meet solid, unswaying ground.

Web Exclusive Interview: Anessa Ibrahim

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October’s Web Exclusive story “Ray Charles Never Lost Anything Important” brings an ancient archetype, the soothsayer, to a group of teenagers in East Los Angeles in a funny and sweet, totally believable scene that could take place at almost any time. We chatted with Anissa Ibrahim recently about mysticism and belief and writing. […]

The Sister

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A girl named Caroline lived with her twelve brothers in a house on the edge of the woods. The youngest, Philip, was her friend and responsibility. Mother and Father had died years ago of an illness. The brothers talked about how hard it had been to watch, something Caroline couldn’t remember. Each of the brothers had a job. Some wore suits and some wore coveralls. Philip had been born with one eye, due to his mother’s fever during pregnancy. The eye rolled around in his head, searching whichever room he found himself in for his sister. […]

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