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Ruby Ray

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Penelope Houston
Sarah Hall
’Pemi Aguda
Christopher Isherwood

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Short Fiction Competition Is Open!

The Short Fiction Competition is open for entries! The judge is the dazzling Tommy Orange, whose debut novel, There There, won the 2019 PEN/Hemingway Award, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was among the most acclaimed books of the year...

Summer Is Here

The editors are thrilled to announce the release of the Summer 2019 edition, designed by the seminal punk photographer Ruby Ray, with contributions from BBC National Short Story Award-winner Sarah Hall and the late Christopher Isherwood, among others...

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Story artwork by guest designer Mickalene  Thomas

It Can’t Happen Here
David Byrne

The Budd Schulberg story “Your Arkansas Traveler,” first published in 1953, and his later film adaptation, A Face in the Crowd, directed by Elia Kazan in 1957, seem both very much of their time—in the language and homespun style of the lead—and prescient. Some may see in Lonesome Rhodes, the “just folks” country-singer character, echoes of Bill Clinton, also from Arkansas, but Clinton, though maybe possessing a cynical streak, never aspired to become a demagogue. The fellow that most of us think of when we think proto-demagogue now is Donald Trump.
     Like Lonesome, Trump revels in “breaking the rules,” and Lonesome’s radio listeners cheer him on as he does so, as they believe . . .

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