Stories

Descartes’ Demon – Andrew Davie

        The Astronaut’s Wife is a film with Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron. Theron plays the titular role. I have never seen the movie, but I have seen the trailer, and I believe it’s about Depp’s character, an astronaut, who either becomes possessed or impersonated by an alien during a routine mission. As the movie proceeds, Theron, who portrays the astronaut’s wife from the title, begins to suspect there’s something wrong with her husband since he’s not acting like himself.

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Columns

Ritual America (A Caged Bird Stands on the Grave of Dreams or ‘how I escaped the Worldwide Church of God’): Matthew Graham in Conversation with Chris Kelso – PART ONE

“Beware of false prophets” 

                          – Matthew 7:15,

        Matthew William Graham will be forty on the Sunday of our interview. During conversation, his tone vacillates between sustained notes of optimism and a crushing hopelessness. Like that which is present in most people of substance, there is an experience-provoked duality at play. And darkness has been animated for Matthew. When he closes his eyes the night becomes a hope-sucking vacuity,

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Stories

Warm Sun: Los Angeles – Jiv Johnson

Everyone is so sad, actually. I think, maybe, we should go outside more. In Los Angeles, when I go outside, my happy girlfriend gets sexually harassed. It’s always this one homeless guy. A homeless guy near the park, always throwing cans into the lake. A bearded guy, tan lines that don’t make any sense. Seems to be in his 40s. It’s okay because he’s homeless, but we just wanted to go outside.

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Art

Erstwhile Ephemera – Jonathan Hine

i hereby renounce the capacity to be attacked

 

cigarette through fingers undefined
calloused palms
enfolded completely
letting always from my weakness
& in this way, 
wasted.
it lay there now, concentrated 
the kernel in itself, 
a false resurgence.
set face to face under hemispherical 
ceilings,
swift passes in the air
out of terror for its
hallowed combustion
&

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