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Vol 22 No 2

Vol 22 No 2

Summer 2018
Guest Designer: Nick Cave

Stories

Notes on Design

Black Corfu

There Will Never Be a Darwish Bridge Here

Laura

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Vol 22 No 1

Vol 22 No 1

Spring 2018
Guest Designer: Julian Casablancas

Stories

Deep Shelter

Our Day of Grace

Natural Light

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Vol 21 No 3

Vol 21 No 3

Fall 2017
Guest Designer: Richard Misrach

Stories

Notes on Design

Proof

Little Rooster

The Full Middle of Zero

Rust and Bone

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Vol 21 No 2

Vol 21 No 2

Summer 2017
Guest Designer: Jeff Bridges

Stories

Notes on Design

The Tornado Auction

Alexa

Heretics

Misery

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Vol 21 No 1

Vol 21 No 1

Spring 2017
Guest Designer: Iggy Pop

Stories

A Note on the Design

Items Awaiting Protective Enclosure

Chutes and Ladders

The Reinvention of Troubling Love

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Vol 20 No 4

Vol 20 No 4

Winter 2016/2017
Guest Designer: Olafur Eliasson

Stories

The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies

A Walk-Through Human Heart

Julieta

Nowhere

Origin, Story

Natasha

Seeing Diane Arbus

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Vol 20 No 3

Vol 20 No 3

Fall 2016
Guest Designer: Creative Growth

Stories

Intimacy

The Immortal Milkshake

On The Passion of Anna

The Passion of Anna

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Vol 20 No 2

Vol 20 No 2

Summer 2016
Guest Designer: Mickalene Thomas

Stories

Forty Words

Berlin

It Can't Happen Here

Your Arkansas Traveler

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Vol 20 No 1

Vol 20 No 1

Spring 2016
Guest Designer: John Vanderslice

Stories

A Note on the Design

The Movie People

Telemachus

On the Origins of My Own Private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho

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Vol 19 No 4

Vol 19 No 4

Winter 2015/2016
Guest Designer: Barry McGee

Stories

Mistress Mickle All at Sea

The Line Agent Pascal

Certain Women

Travis, B.

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Vol 19 No 2

Vol 19 No 2

Summer 2015
Guest Designer: Clare Rojas

Stories

Last Seen

The Family Whistle

Enter, If You Care

The Southern Thruway

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Vol 19 No 1

Vol 19 No 1

Spring 2015
Guest Designer: Ryan McGinness

Stories

Tarantella

Permission

All You Zombies—

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Vol 18 No 4

Vol 18 No 4

Winter 2014/2015
Guest Designer: Bill Callahan

Stories

Notes on Design

The Crossing

Maybe a Calamity

Jessup

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Small Holding

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Vol 18 No 3

Vol 18 No 3

Fall 2014
Guest Designer: Martin Parr

Stories

Sh'khol

Pilgrim’s Progress

It Had to Be Murder

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Vol 18 No 2

Vol 18 No 2

Summer 2014
Guest Designer: Stephen Powers

Stories

My Bonny

The Copy Chief

Hateship, Loveship, Viewership, Readership

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

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Vol 18 No 1

Vol 18 No 1

Spring 2014
Guest Designer: Gia Coppola

Stories

17

Reclaimed

The Measuring, 1868

Super-Toys Last All Summer Long

Reports from a Higher Roof

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Vol 17 No 1

Vol 17 No 1

Spring 2013
Guest Designer: Geoff McFetridge

Stories

AP Style

Case Studies in Ascension

Lost Dog

The Birds

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Vol 16 No 2

Vol 16 No 2

Summer 2012
Guest Designer: Sfaustina

Stories

Hallelujah, Family!

Extinct Anatomies

Short Life of Trouble

The Plum Tree and the Hammock

We Can Remember It for You Wholesale

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Vol 15 No 2

Vol 15 No 2

Summer 2011
Guest Designer: Beck Hansen

Stories

Oceanic

T.A.R.P.

Legendary

The Fly

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Vol 13 No 4

Vol 13 No 4

Winter 2009/2010
Guest Designer: Jason Schwartzman

Stories

The Lost and Found Department of Greater Boston

Waiting

Griefer

A Night at Boris’s

The Killers

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Vol 12 No 2

Vol 12 No 2

Summer 2008
Guest Designer: Mark Mothersbaugh

Stories

Notes on Design

The Invisibles

Rumors About Me

The Alternate

A Small Haunting

Vacation '58 / Foreword '08

Vacation '58

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Vol 11 No 3

Vol 11 No 3

Fall 2007/Youth Without Youth: the Commemorative Edition
Guest Designer: Tim Roth

Stories

The Burning of Lawrence

The Russian

Andrea Is Changing Her Name

Seattle

Youth Without Youth: the Commemorative Edition

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Vol 10 No 1

Vol 10 No 1

Spring 2006
Guest Designer: Kiki Smith

Stories

Things Are Going Through You All the Time: the Art of Kiki Smith

Naturally

El Ojo de Agua

A Man on a Horse

The Wild Daughter

The Bard Award

A Director's Tricks

Eisenheim the Illusionist

I Hold You Harmless


As a special online supplement to the issue, the editors present the prizewinning story from the 2005 Short Fiction Contest.
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Vol 6 No 4

Vol 6 No 4

Winter 2002
Guest Designer: Laurie Anderson

Stories

Literary Devices

Doris Is Coming

Seventeen Tomatoes

Blue Yodel

Try Not to Step on the Naked Man

Children of God

Killings

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Vol 6 No 3

Vol 6 No 3

Fall 2002
Guest Designer: Mary Ellen Mark

Stories

The Former First Lady and the Football Hero


The Reagans enter their twilight years.

Demons


On the living room floor, lay her husband, Ravi, dead.

Mines


Names over their eyebrows, teardrops on their cheeks, letters on their fingers.

The Snow Frog


A Metamorphosis for our time.

Spurs


The story that inspired the cult horror film Freaks.

Waiting for the Slow Dance


A tale of lust and longing in one act.

The Snake Handler


When a snake handler waves his oboe in a cobra's face, who is leading whom?
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Vol 6 No 2

Vol 6 No 2

Summer 2002
Guest Designer: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Stories

How to Read a Man

The Argument

In-Country

What Will Happen

Honey

The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown

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Vol 6 No 1

Vol 6 No 1

Spring 2002
Guest Designer: Jeff Koons

Stories

Letter to the Reader

L'Americanina


An American woman, an Italian man—and each a patriot.

Irish Mountain


What is the girl from Irish Mountain doing at a cockfight?

Utopia, Dystopia, Messtopia!


Perfection is not a good thing.

Aristotle's Lantern


Passing the test to enter utopia isn't as tough as staying there.

Near-Extinct Birds of the Central Cordillera


Cocaine, guerrillas, and rare birds: Colombia in the springtime.

The Golden Chariot


An American family's road trip is their rite of passage.

Germelshausen


The story that inspired the classic movie musical Brigadoon.
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Vol 5 No 4

Vol 5 No 4

Winter 2001
Guest Designer: Ed Ruscha

Stories

The Affairs of Each Beast


“It would be nice, wouldn’t it? If we only shot the people we hated.”

Seldom Around Here


He became an artist by becoming primitive.

Watermelon Days


The wrong man, the wrong baby, and a plague of grasshoppers.

Egg-Face


Old-fashioned matchmaking in the modern world.

Homecoming


Servicemen are lining up for his wife.

Note to Future Self


His indecision might kill her.

The Greatest Gift


The story that became the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life.
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Vol 5 No 3

Vol 5 No 3

Fall 2001
Guest Designer: Dean Tavoularis

Stories

Anything For Money


He could buy anything but his granddaughter's heart.

Zilkowski's Theorem


Triangles: Isosceles, Equilateral, and Love.

The Evil B.B. Chow


There was The Incredible Rowing Man, The Sperminator, and now The Evil B.B. Chow

The Creature Lurches From the Lagoon


Making a movie: the artist as an occupied country.

I Run Every Day


At fifty beats per minute, his heart seemed to be in perfect shape.

Passion


She was a vixen of the grotesque, he was Yoda for the misanthropic.

The Siege


Could he win her through an orchid, a sonata, and saving her husband?
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Vol 5 No 2

Vol 5 No 2

Summer 2001
Guest Designer: Dennis Hopper

Stories

It Is Raining in Bejucal


A lottery ticket, a promise, revenge.

Fourth Angry Mouse


He wore a mouse suit, but he wasn’t going to laugh about it.

Man Shouting


An interview with a musician, a story of obsession.

Please Don't Come Back from the Moon


The men are gone, the women are men, the boys are lost.

Jimmy Underwater


Time slows down beneath the surface.

The Last One Left in Arkansas


With all else gone, there was Arkansas and trees.

The Ransom of Red Chief


Was he worth the payoff?
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Vol 5 No 1

Vol 5 No 1

Spring 2001
Guest Designer: Peter Greenaway

Stories

Disentangling


A dispirited coroner unearths hope in the darkest parts of Philly

Dating a Dead Girl


Their third date was her funeral

Queen Devil


Jill can't save her brother from himself.

Rafferty and Josephine


Mardi Gras, vampires, Oysters Bienville: A New Orleans love story.

105 Years of illustrated Text


Sex, text, and the state of cinema today.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


He is a hero in his own mind.
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Vol 4 No 4

Vol 4 No 4

Winter 2000: The One-Act Play Issue
Guest Designer: Peter Sellars

Stories

Be Creative


A letter to the reader.

Why Write for Theater?


The limelight seduces a playwright away from the priesthood.

Why Read Plays?


Indeed, why not?

Why Act in Theater?


The perks of working onstage.

Boise, Idaho


A determined narrator finds it impossible to predict an ending.

The Voice in the Desert


How Rhodesia swallows up boys whole.

Billy and the Crab Lady


Lager, VD, and feline decapitaion--a London love triangle.

The Mystery at the Middle of Ordinary Life


They make love, they make salads.

Who's On Top


A lawn crypt is forever.

The Stolen Child


A belated honeymoon, a common cold.

Sorry, Wrong Number


A classic thriller.

How to Read a One-Act Play


A playwright's perspective.
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Vol 4 No 2

Vol 4 No 2

Summer 2000
Guest Designer: Mike Salisbury

Stories

Fair Warning


New York's most persuasive auctioneer finds she can't sell herself.

Haw River Cosmology


Perms, potions and seven-card stud.

When the Nines Roll Over


How to break an American band.

Bliss


Love thine enemy as thyself.

Lass


The perfect wife. The perfect daughter-in-law.

Emergency


The strange beauty of the graveyard shift.
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Vol 4 No 1

Vol 4 No 1

Spring 2000

Stories

'O Logos


To see the word in print is a death sentence.

The Blooming Season for Cacti


An unexpected love.

Fialta


The architecture of passion.

Zog-19: A Scientific Romance


A young dairy farmer is replaced by an alien

Stranger


How to survive in the wilderness.

Shuttered


A photographer's last look at Mexico City.

The Witch (After a Story by Chekhov)


The fine line between coincidence and magic.

The Call of the Primitive


Tarzan and Jane's first kiss.

The Story Behind the Original All-Story


America's heritage of fiction magazines.

Letter to the Reader

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Vol 3 No 4

Vol 3 No 4

Winter 1999
Guest Designer: Jim Woodring

Stories

Blood on a Spear


A novella, in which a prized souvenir becomes a murder weapon.

How to Tell a Story


Committing the sin of autobiography.

Hiropon My Heroine


What to do when your lover lives with a mobster?

Planting Sticks and Grinding Yucca: On Being a Translated Writer


Reading yourself in another language.

Mrs. Lange's Party


A gambler is faced with an unusual deal.

A Hot Time at the Church of Kentucky Fried Souls and the Spectacular Final Sunday Sermon of the Right Revren Daddy Love


The Revren's love was as blind as faith and as democratic as the sun.

Tomorrow


Family ties bind a jury.
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