ISSUE 14: ESCAPE


02.25.2014

Books offer the ultimate form of escape. As kids, we hid under the covers and fled to far-off lands through the pages of our books. We buried our nose in the binding and forgot our surroundings, our friends, and our parents down the hall as we escaped our little lives for something bigger. And books’ capacity for escape evolves with us. What we once turned to for whimsy becomes a conduit for understanding our world. Whether we are the reader or the writer, we escape to books to enter the minds of others, and in turn, to better know ourselves.

This issue of Slice disrupts our everyday thinking before we even open the magazine. The cover art, a diorama titled “The Library as a Mine” by French artist Marc Giai-Miniet depicts burning books as a metaphor for humans and our inevitable vulnerability. Giai-Miniet says, “Not only can books, like human beings, be burnt, but also sometimes through the knowledge they convey, they may actually burn us, change us, lead us or lose us.” It’s impossible to escape change when we let a book into our life—whether it’s the perspective shift we were seeking, or something far less expected.

The writing in this issue won’t let you see your life as you did before. It’s the bruised relationship between a father and son; a brush with death by flood; a hypnotist’s spell. These are the stories you’ll escape to, and that will in turn, stay with you in more ways than you’d imagined.


Interviews


Owen King and Matthew Specktor, by Brian Gresko

Alissa Nutting, by Julienne Grey

Fiona Maazel, by Esme Hoffman

Behind the Book Deal with Julie Sarkissian, Sarah Knight, and Judy Heiblum, by Celia Johnson

Colum McCann, by Sean Jones


Stories


News of a Death, by Peace Adzo Medie

Frayed Rope, by Joshua Bodwell

We Two Could Keep, by Susanne Forsyth

Aim for the Heart, by Peter Kispert

Billy Thompson’s Thriller Days, by Marsha McSpadden

Bottomland, by Emma Rosenberg

Cold Fusion, by Keren Toledano

My Name is Redemption, by R. Christian


Essays


Miscellany, by Elizabeth Blachman

Trance, by Catherine A. Brereton

Static, by Terrance Flynn

Instant Anglophilia, by Ian F. King

Fire Island, by Christopher Locke


Poetry


Silver Fire in the Gila Wilderness, by Jada Ach

Armadillo, by Micah Chatterton

The Februaryist, by Peter Money

Burial and Nightfall, by Adam L. Dressler

Beach Fossil Funeral and No Sea, by Lisa Hiton

Elegy for Morley and Footage of the Last American Cowboy, by Melissa Barrett


Art


Tiffany Bozic

Gail Cunningham

Jennifer Davis

Marc Giai-Miniet

Toni Hamel

Robert Hardgrave

Mellissa Huber & David Kennedy Cutler

Nikita Kaun

Neil Krug

Rina Lindgren

Merve Morkoç (Lakormis)

Tran Nguyen

Eunjung Shin

Rez Williams

Jake Wood-Evans

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