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Issue #3

“The rooms are too quiet.”
- Brendan Byrne


Brendan Byrne’s First Sentence: Brendan Byrne’s short fiction has been published in FLURB, and his criticism appears in The Brooklyn Rail. He lives and works in New York City.
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Well, That’s Neighborly by John Reed: The author tried to write this story up for his new collection of tragic, no-redemption true stories, Tales of Woe (forthcoming from MTV Press, August 17). He and his editor swore they wouldn’t censor anything, and this is the story they decided to censor, so he never finished it. Heavy design on the book—white text on black paper with fifty pages of art. That’s what all those notes are all about.
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Pressing by Nathan Ihara: Abu Ghraib was in the news. The author was studying medieval serfs, living with pit bulls, and snorting his wake-up. He wrote this one morning, before his bus-ride to the casino, in a frenzy, then forgot about it. It feels like it was written by someone else entirely.
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The Tragedy of Myrna Loy by Kyle Hemmings: The author tried this sending this piece to good foster homes but it kept sticking its tongue out at various parental-figure editors, saying, “I can’t take the logical fly traps anymore.” Thus it became a sickly child with a shining ego in a left lobed world of atrocities.
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Apocalypsapalooza by Adam Callaway: The author, responding to criticism that this piece needs to be more ‘fleshed out,’ responds that then it would merely be an apocalyptic story, which are legion, rather than an apocalyspalooza, which are sadly in short supply.
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Photography by Wayne Liu. Wayne Liu came into photography c. 1998, during it’s analogue death throe. He never mastered the art of decent film exposure, leading to the decision to avoid making test prints; instead, he uses his hands to dodge and burn. His work has appeared in galleries in New York, the Netherlands, Paris, and has been published in FOAM, Eyemazing, and Some/Things Mag, FR. Born in Taipei, he currently lives in New York.
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This issue is dedicated to David Markson, 1927 – 2010.