Anna | Bryan Price
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by Bryan Price
3M ago
Gina Lumsden Kropf, Call Mom In Rogelio Teixeira’s letters to his ex-wife, Sera, there are a few cryptic allusions to a woman named Anna. I am writing Teixeira’s biography. It’s not a real biography, it’s one of those short introductions to an artist’s work. I’m deeply interested in his allusions to Anna.  There once was an Anna in my own life.  I want to write a proper biography but there isn’t enough of an audience, or so I’m told. The editor of this series of little books, her name is Laura, told me to write it in English, which isn’t to say the language, but clear and concise pro ..read more
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Moving On | Matthew Crowe
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by Matthew Crowe
5M ago
Sonia Redfern, A 4-Dimensional Curved Universe The first hour driving north they listened to a best of REM compilation CD and traded few words. The freeway became a single carriageway and the suburbs turned to new builds spread further apart and without trees. The houses were the same shape and had roofs the same colour. Soon they passed areas of land cleared for upcoming developments and after that only signs for coastal townships to the west. The vegetation was low and sparse. The sky ahead held high scattered clouds. The weather was mild and they wore shorts and light jumpers. At a petrol s ..read more
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The 2023 Brooklyn Review Short Story Prize Winners: This Time It’s Personal
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by bkreview
5M ago
This year’s Brooklyn Review editorial team is thrilled to announce the winner’s the 2023 Short Story Contest: This Time It’s Personal, judged by novelist Ernesto Mestre. We were truly inspired by the amount and quality of submissions we received — big congratulations to this year’s winners! Stay tuned for the Poetry winners coming soon! First-Place Prize A Good Impression by Daniel Barrios Judge Ernesto Metre writes, “There is an extraordinary sense of realness established in the particular workplace of the two central characters in “A Good Impression,” a dental lab in which false teeth are c ..read more
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A Good Impression | Daniel Barrios
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by Daniel Barrios
5M ago
Shelby Heitner, Inkjet print, “Open Wide” One That winter, when I finished grad school and had no money at all, I took a job as a packer at a dental lab. I was young and married and had two babies to support. I was not desperate, I just needed money. I had student loans haunting me and all the same, I remained optimistic. My wife knew me on many levels, from deli clerk, to cashier, to substitute teacher. This however, was a new level. I had never been a dental packer before and with my degree, I did not have to be one, and that is why I did it. Out of all the jobs I had worked, people seemed t ..read more
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Heartwood | Torsa Ghosal
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by Torsa Ghosal
5M ago
Kira, “Heartwood 1” Before living inside a giant sequoia tree, Bhumi used to live in a townhouse in Fremont, first with a professor of poetry, and later, with a data engineer. Although she didn’t come from money, she made decent wage working as a programmer at a social media company and could afford the rent by herself, but four years ago, during an afterwork social, she had accidentally ended up at an open mike on Shattuck Avenue, where the poetry prof gave the evening’s standout reading, demurred like a real celebrity in the face of applauses, and the next thing she knew, they were making ou ..read more
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My Generation | Eugene Stein
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by Eugene Stein
5M ago
Paul Anagnostopoulos, “Meant for Another Dimension” My husband and I met the old fashioned way, at a gay bar in West Hollywood, in the days before Grindr. Carlos is from Uruguay, and to him, a semi-employed Jewish writer from Jericho, Long Island was exotic. I liked his vaguely Italian accent when he spoke Spanish, and he liked my vocabulary. It’s like my grandmother always said, there’s a lid for every pot. We moved together to an apartment in Silver Lake (back then, still affordable) and later bought a small house in Beachwood Canyon (ditto) and started a family. One night the supply line to ..read more
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Interview | Marie-Helene Bertino on Humor, Grief, and the Humanity of Extraterrestrials
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by Shelby Heitner
5M ago
A girl, a fax machine, a dog, another planet. This is how Marie-Helene Bertino explains the focus of her new novel, Beautyland, which came out last week with Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Like all of Bertino’s writing, Beautyland teeters on the knife’s edge of fantasy. The book follows an alien’s quest to gather information about the human race. It is also a bildungsroman of a lonely girl looking for her place on Earth.  But Beautyland is more than it appears. In its pages, Bertino performs a sleight of hand. I opened the book anticipating an alien story, but I closed it with a deeper unde ..read more
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The Pocket Book | Natalie Southworth
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by Natalie Southworth
5M ago
Irwin Freeman, Scroll I The year I started junior high, I played ringette on Wednesday nights. One of those nights my father told me we had a stop to make before going home. He said he was painting the guest room of Madame Lavoie, a friend of one of my father’s colleagues at the credit union. The painter she’d hired had torn his shoulder and she’d been asking around for recommendations. My father’s colleague did not recommend my father. My father was not a painter. But, the forty-minute detour across town to Madame Lavoie’s house, where I waited in the car as he measured the walls and determin ..read more
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Rituals | Martha Schabas
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by Martha Schabas
5M ago
Jason Bentsman, Light Nothing like sadness or anger set in right away when M sat me down one afternoon last February and told me he was moving out of our apartment. The conversation we had after felt relaxed and almost warm—it seemed perfectly normal when he paused after twenty minutes or so and remarked on the way the light was falling on the house across the street, making its chimney look tinselled with silver. I found myself agreeing when he said that some part of him had always known that our relationship was temporary—that, despite his love for me, he’d sensed from the beginning that wha ..read more
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An Interview | Diana Reid on Relationships, Morality, and How to Write a Contemporary Novel
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by Shelby Heitner
5M ago
Diana Reid dared herself to write a novel. She loved reading, so why not try? If she couldn’t write one during the pandemic, then she figured she probably never would.  Unlike most of us who resolved to finish In Search of Lost Time or master the sourdough starter, Diana was a pandemic success story. In two years, she wrote two books, both of which are immensely popular in the U.K. and her native Australia. In 2022, she was named Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelist and included as a member of Vogue Australia’s Youthquake. I found Diana’s books at an equally isolating time in my ..read more
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