“The Magnificent” by Michael Tager

Issue 12 / Winter 2018   There was a hole where Magnifico’s rosebushes had been. He contemplated the void, a large gold coin dancing between the knuckles of his left hand. With his right hand, he removed a rock from heavy, scented paper lying on discarded thorns....

“Interior Borders: California” by Désirée Zamorano

Issue 12 / Winter 2018   How do we notice what is not there? What does it take to recognize the missing or the invisible? Driving down a Los Angeles street we had driven down at least one thousand times, I noticed a newly vacant lot. “What used to be there?” I...

“The End of Something” by DS Levy

Issue 12 / Winter 2018   Carla’s trying to decide Payday or Milky Way when a stranger comes up and asks if she’s found the Lord. “Why,” says Carla. “Is he missing?” She’s hungry. Not in the mood for dealing with religious fanatics in the Kentucky Welcome Center’s...

Visual truth in TUNNEL TO HELL by Scott MacGregor

When common humanity takes a back seat to greed By Beth Osborne   Scott MacGregor’s graphic novel Tunnel to Hell is the story of the Waterworks Tunnel Disaster of 1916, as seen through the eyes of those who suffered as they attempted to work on and survive past...

Culture Rant: Issue 12 / Winter 2018

Harry Potter Fanfiction, Hot Pockets, and Writing By Janice Yu Cheng   Like many typical single-parent, Hot-Pockets-for-dinner, latchkey kids who grew up in the ’90s, I had a lot of time to myself. I liked to read, and so was never without friends, real or...