Issue 28 / 2006
This issue features new voices exploring the darker side of life. These riveting and thought-provoking essays honestly grapple with a difficult time in each author’s life.
Craig Bernier takes us to a racetrack in West Virginia in “Mountaineer,” Megan Foss reflects on a history of addiction, prostitution and rape in “Fourteen Years in the Making,” and Thomas Wanebo recounts an experience in Osaka’s red-light district in his essay, “Three Minute.” Other essays are slightly less racy, but also explore life from the edge: in “Then You’ll Be Straight,” Margaret Price writes about her experiences as a queer white professor at a historically black women’s college, and Gwen Gray meditates on “The Rules of the Room.” Meredith Hall chronicles the eleven months she spent traveling across Europe on foot and her attempt to deal with not only the loss of a child but of the life she expected for herself. Finally, this issue features an excerpt from celebrated writer Gay Talese’s memoir, A Writer’s Life.
D. Winston Brown
True stories, well told, in 750 words or less
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