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40.1 SNEAK PEEK: excerpt of THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF TONY RINALDI, THE MAN WHO CHANGED PRO WRESTLING FOREVER by SALVATORE PANE

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Salvatore Pane is the author of the novel Last Call in the City of Bridges in addition to Mega Man 3 from Boss Fight Books. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Hobart, Paste, and many other venues. He teaches at the University of St. Thomas and can be reached at www.salvatore-pane.com or @salpane on Twitter.

 

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40.1 SNEAK PEEK: excerpt of PESTILENCE by MIKE ALBERTI

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Mike Alberti was born and raised in New Mexico. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Minnesota. His short stories are found or forthcoming in Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, The Florida Review, Gulf Coast, One Story, and elsewhere. He lives in Minneapolis, where he is at work on a novel.

 

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Online Feature: “Wolves” by Caitlin O’Neil

The apples taunt her.  She can hear them falling to the ground, thud after thud, footsteps moving closer.  By now, she should have hired men.  She should be putting in ten-hour days, picking the branches clean, sweeping the ground for cider.  Instead Grace watches the trees knit together from neglect, snarling like uncombed hair.

“Open the orchard to pickers,” advises Ruth.  Her silvery hair is wound into a tight knot on her head that makes her look efficient and smart, like she is storing it up there for the winter. “People are crazy for apples this time of year.”

“I could use the money.”  Any money, Grace thinks.

“Paint some signs and see who shows up.  You’ll be surprised.” Of course, Ruth is biased.  Like everyone else in Rutland, Ruth is in on the apple picking, lending a hand at the Rudnick farm over by the lake.

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Blue Room: “In the Skin” by Katie Flynn

Katie Flynn reads from “In the Skin,” and we interview Associate Editor, Essence London, on why she voted for the piece. Listen here for an glimpse of our latest issue and insight into our selection process.

“In the Skin” was originally published in Indiana Review 39.2, Fall 2017.

Thanks to Youtube Audio Library and John Deley for letting us use “Beer Belly Blues.”

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Online Feature: “Cyclops” by Teresa Milbrodt

 

Usually cyclops babies don’t live very long.  This is why you never hear about them, why the cyclops woman is the only one to have reached thirty.  Two people besides her parents know she has just one eye—the family ophthalmologist and the midwife who delivered her in her parents’ bedroom.  Her mother wanted to keep the process as natural as possible, worried about strange things drugs were supposed to do to newborn babies.

The cyclops woman’s father makes her wear a shade, a crescent-shaped sunglasses lens that fits around her head, so the world looks a little dark to her.  Her father’s world is also getting darker.  His glaucoma is worsening and the ophthalmologist says he’ll be blind in a matter of months.  He won’t stop working, though.  At the counter of Drogo’s, the family coffee shop, he explains to customers that his daughter wears the shade because she has a condition that makes her extremely sensitive to light.

I think it’s very becoming, says Cynthia Liss, one of the regulars.  She says the eyes are the most intimate part of the body and the shade lends an air of mystery like Japanese women with their fans.

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