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    Issue 72 Games

    Fall 2019

    Play is serious business! In Creative Nonfiction #72: "Games," writers connect with friends, family, and strangers to play Hanabi and hide-and-seek, mah-jongg and make-believe. Online or in-person, they explore other worlds, try on new ways of being, and find unexpected meaning.

    Plus: what writers can learn from video game audience research; the importance of rhythm in prose; Procrastination Bingo; and much more.

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    True Story, Issue #33

    "My Monument" by Ander Monson

    Surrounded by his neighbors’ maximalist holiday display—104 inflatable Christmas decorations in all, with not a repetition among them—Ander Monson ponders the history of spectacle and considers the meaning of community. Then, he orders a two-story-tall Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to stand among the desert plants of his Tucson front yard.

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    Issue 71 Let's Talk About Sex

    Summer 2019

    In Creative Nonfiction #71: "Let's Talk about Sex," writers invite us to share some of their most intimate moments—first times, last times, and everything in between. By turns joyous, hopeful, playful, wistful, and sometimes even uncomfortable, the stories in this issue expand our understanding of how—and why—people (and houseflies and sea urchins) “do it.”

    Plus: five tips for great sex (writing); the eroticism of essaying; the art of the long sentence; tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #32

    "Everything Gets Worse" by John O’Connor

    In winter of 1912, as Robert Falcon Scott was striving to be the first to reach the South Pole, six of his men became stranded for 17 months. In this story that ranges from north to south and from past to present, John O’Connor chronicles the group’s efforts to remain not only alive but sane at “Inexpressible Island," a 9' x 12’ enclosure they hacked out of the ice, where they remained through the long months of winter darkness.

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    Issue 70 Home

    Spring 2019

    In Creative Nonfiction #70: “Home,” we search for our place in the world. From Ohio to Oregon, from Browning, Montana, to the US-Mexico border, and from gated communities and “safe” suburbs to tight-knit urban neighborhoods, eleven restless writers ask whether home is a place or a state of mind; who belongs and who doesn’t; and why we stay and why we leave.

    Plus, the difference between “story time” and “text time”; tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #31

    "Pig, An Essay" by Sonia Hamer

    The author and her father enjoy talking about the potbellied pig he bought after the death of his mother. It’s easier to discuss a pig—his appetite, his size, how loudly he squeals—than it is to confront the family's other dark secrets.

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    Issue 69 Intoxication

    Winter 2019

    In Creative Nonfiction #69: “Intoxication,” writers explore the heady thrills—and, sometimes, dangers—of mother-daughter day-drinking; the Nashville music scene of 1983; finding a new romance in midlife; and surrendering to the Holy Spirit.

    Plus, Leslie Jamison de-mythologizes the myth of the Drunk Genius; an argument for more humor in addiction memoirs; a potted history of cocktail coverage; tiny truths; and more.

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