by Barrett Hathcock

She had called.

It was the night before the first day of junior year, a Sunday, a day normally reserved for lunch with the grandparents, minimal yard work for his mother, and an evening spent grilling hot dogs with his father in the driveway of his Belhaven rental, where he had lived since the divorce. But tonight was different. Continue reading Nightswimming

Love on the Run

by Kyle Shelton

“Do you have a problem with nudity?” Laura asked.

“Nudity? Um…I guess as a general concept, no, I don’t have a problem with it,” I replied.

“We’re not doing porn, if that’s what you’re thinking!” Laura said. “I mean, it’s not porn, so don’t worry about that. I mean, if one of the contestants starts having relations with a girl and you’re in the room you can stay and watch or you can leave. That’ll be your choice. That’s all I mean.” Continue reading Love on the Run

An Editorial Debate

by Jonathan Hust and Clifton Smith

This exchange took place between our contributor Jonathan Hust and co-editor Clifton Smith. It concerns Jonathan’s addition of a “Current Must-Hear Shortlist” to his Review of Autumn of the Seraphs, also featured in this issue. The list includes five additional albums and a numeric rating; it prompted the following editorial debate. Continue reading An Editorial Debate

The Festival of the Virgin of Urkupiña

by Rick Engelmann

Entrada from the Festival of the Virgin of Urkupiña

My wife Sally and I are Spanish language students in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and have been here since the first of July, 2007. I do not pretend great wisdom, or extraordinary insight. On the contrary, I am living the wonderfully relaxed life of a full-time student, soon to be thrust back into the “real world.” Continue reading The Festival of the Virgin of Urkupiña