ISSUE 18: ENEMIES


03.29.2016

Dear Reader:

Step inside. Take a load off. Tea? We’ve just put the kettle on. As long as this magazine is in your hands, we’re your hosts. While you get comfortable, let’s take a moment to consider that word: “hosts.” You see, we editors rarely utter a word without delving into its etymology. (You should hear the conversations we have over a few beers after work!*) It turns out that “host,” at its Latin root, hospes, refers to both the guest and the host. The word suggests that these people are tethered to one another. Certainly, during any visit, an exchange must take place. The players must establish a level of trust before a door is opened or a threshold crossed. However, trust isn’t implicit. Hospes can signify “stranger,” an unknown entity knocking on the door. Another word for “stranger” in Latin is hostis. Tack on a few letters, and it’s apparent how this term evolved—“hostility.” Blame it on bad guests (or, just as likely, paranoid hosts): hostis also means “enemy.”

We’d never call you our enemies, dear readers. Quite the opposite! But one can never tell who or what is on the other side of the door. In fact, that’s the allure of this issue’s theme: Enemies. Despite what many of our most vocal politicians might suggest, we cannot draw a line with friends on one side and enemies on the other. The terms aren’t that simple. “Enemy” is not a static word, nor is it hermetically sealed. It’s much more slippery and complicated than that.

As you flip through the magazine, you’ll be introduced to all sorts of enemies. There are judgmental mothers, plagued murderers, vengeful lovers, and racist neighbors. Some foes are vanquished. Some of the worst assailants seem apologetic, maybe even redeemable. The most chilling enemy might be the sociopath lurking around the corner, but the most insidious enemy isn’t as obvious. It’s the person who really loves you. Or it’s within. It’s your temper, your fatigue. It’s that side of you that seems beyond control. In the following pages, there are pasts that can’t be repaired, addictions that cause irrevocable pain, and words that cannot be unsaid.

Well, we never promised that your stay here would be a peaceful one.

Cheers,

The Editors

Celia Blue, Beth Blachman & Maria Gagliano

*We suggest checking out the origins of these words: befuddle, clue, gobbledygook, muscle, sycophant, and whiskey. Perfect happy hour fodder.


Interviews


ELISA ALBERT & KATE BOLICK by Brian Gresko

ROB SPILLMAN by Sean Jones

STACY SCHIFF by Michele Filgate

BEHIND THE BOOK DEAL: PATRICK DACEY, CLAIRE ANDERSON WHEELER & SARAH BOWLIN by Kate Pigott


Fiction


Fiction Editors, Elizabeth Blachman, Maria Gagliano, Celia Johnson

TRINITIES by Michael Deaglerpage4image14272

PASSING POWER by Elena Petricone

BATTLESTATIONS by Shebana Coelho

LOVERS by David Allan Cates

SAMPSON GROWS HIS HAIR by Courtney Sender

A NATURAL HISTORY by Elina Alter

MARGINALIA by Marléne Zadigpage4image15232


Nonfiction


Nonfiction Editor, Christopher Locke

AUTHOR’S PICK: THIS IS HOW WE TALK ABOUT DEATH, by Becky McFalls-Schwartz, with an Introduction by Helen Phillips

THE HOUSE ON BENTLEY AVENUE by Colette Sartor

A WOEFULL PREDICAMENT by Christopher Merrill

SOMETHING ABOUT A PIPELINE by Shannon Cowell

NOW WE LIVE IN TOWN by Jenniey Tallman

COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Alena Dillon

LOVE THINE ENEMY by Elizabeth Blachman

WORDS FOR BULLIES by Sarah Herrington


Poetry


Poetry Editor, Tom Haushalter

COMBINED PLOW AND GUN PATENT NO. 35,600. ISSUED JUNE 1862. by Karen Skolfield

ARMY SMART BOOK: “SMALL-ARMS FIRE MAY SOUND LIKE MOSQUITOES” by Karen Skolfield

TURPENTINE by Partridge Boswell

SCENT by Brittney Scott

VENUS AS A BOY by gnaomi siemens

PER DIEM by Sarah V. Schweig

BE WITH PULLED TEETH by MRB Chelko

ROBBERY by Zack Strait

LABOR by Zack Strait


Visual Art


Art Director, Jennifer K. Beal Davis

Associate Art Director, Matt Davis

DANI SOON, COVER

MATHILDE AUBIER

SASHA BERG

FLORA BORSI

VINCE CONTARINO

ANTOINE CORDET

ED FAIRBURN

ADAM FRIEDMAN

JUSTIN HOPKINS

MARTINE JOHANNA

KRIS KNIGHT

JASON LIN

MEREDITH MARSONE

MARTYNAS PAVILONIS

CLEON PETERSON

DENA SCHUCKIT

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