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Thomas Atkinson | Ruint Horse

I WAS SITTING in Miss Jerolee’s Trims ‘n Tans. It’s my grandma’s beauty parlor, my mom’s mom, and everybody calls her Miss Jeri, or just Jeri. Even me if anybody’s in earshot ‘cause she says she don’t look old enough to be a grandmother. She does. Dad used to say she’s “fighting the good fight” but spray tan and teeth whitener can only take you so far. The tanning bed’s […]

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Garrett Rowlan | Eve’s Apple

WHEN THE CONFERENCE ENDED, Eve left the hotel’s windowless room and refused a man’s invitation to have a drink. He was bald, overweight, and anyway she didn’t feel like being picked up. Her headache felt like a watermark behind her eyes. Returning to her room she fell asleep and woke at twilight. She felt better. She watched TV for ten minutes, knew that she didn’t want to sit here all […]

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John Feffer | Pulling the Lever for Doomsday

I DIDN’T VOTE in the pivotal American election of 2016. Thirty-five years ago, in that unseasonably warm month of November, I was in Antarctica’s Allan Hills taking ice core samples with a hand augur. The pictures I have from that time show my team drilling deep into the blue ice, but what we were actually doing was digging a million years into the planetary past to gaze upon the panorama […]

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Gary Ives | Little Termite

The gringos saw Bobby as retarded, a halfwit. But in Amazonia along the Upper Takchinga River, among the Ranawera, he was treated as special because he was different. The Ranawera know that at birth the spirits infuse certain babies with extraordinary vision and that they grow up in two worlds, this one and the spirit world. Bobby’s grandfather and grandmother, the Rev. and Mrs. Henry March, she a registered nurse, […]

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