Issue 38

“Who wants to write in the shadow of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor? In that sense … rich tradition becomes baggage.

–Amos Jasper, Alabama Writers’ Conclave

Southern Ugliness Under Harsh Fluorescent Lights

Southern Ugliness Under Harsh Fluorescent Lights

Book review Nobody Knows How It Got This Good Amos Jasper Wright IV Livingston Press 2018, 312 pp., $8.95 Amos Jasper Wright’s Nobody Knows How It Got This Good is a collection of short stories woven together in an intricate but rough fashion, a vehicle to examine...
Manny DuBois

Manny DuBois

When he was in nursing school at the junior college, Raleigh Brisbane got a ventriloquist dummy. She wore a red sequin dress with a platinum blonde wig. Raleigh liked to tell people he adopted Miss Twinkles and gave her a loving home, and this was true since she had...
Buddies

Buddies

I found these two buzzards sitting on fence posts beside a rural Texas road. They were, without a doubt, waiting for breakfast, whatever overnight roadkill might provide. I thought of the characters from Waiting for Godot, the Samuel Beckett play. His characters,...