Issue 53 / Fall 2014

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53 / Mistakes

Bad tattoos, unintended pregnancies, medical errors, and more

Creative Nonfiction #53, our first-ever readers’ choice theme issue, is dedicated to MISTAKES. We’ve collected an explosive group of essays exploring wrong turns and missteps—from a dramatic prison protest to an ill-advised game of strip-spin-the-bottle, from a bad tattoo to the epidemic of errors plaguing our healthcare system. Together, these true stories grapple with questions that get at the heart of how to live.

Plus, why building a platform is a waste of a writer’s time, why publishing won’t make you happy, and why readers shouldn’t worry (too much) about the occasional typo. With illustrations by Kelly Blevins.

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