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03.01.2010 | | Posted at 04:54 PM

By Sean Aden Lovelace in the Sycamore Review

By Ken Brosky
Thought I'd share something from the Sycamore Review's website, since I'm a fan of its layout. Not only that, it has a gray background. That may sound trivial, but nothing makes reading easier on the ol' peepers than a non-white background.  From "Everyone Has a Snake Story" by Sean Aden Lovelace: � Let�s get the facts straight: A snake has scaly skin, no limbs, no external ears, no eye...
02.20.2010 | | Posted at 05:16 PM

From the Foundling Review

By Ken Brosky
I'm a sucker for stories that skirt the edges of traditional narration, and I think this particular short story does just that: it's relaxed, it has a very conversational tone, and it drew me in early on because I felt a closeness with the narrator. From "The Silence of Harold," by Pam Parker: �For forty-four years we lived over our corner drug store in Haydenville.  We talked. ...
02.16.2010 | | Posted at 10:10 PM

And everything is free!

By Ken Brosky
I thought it would be worth mentioning this particular mag I happened upon in the most unusual of ways. As a matter of fact, I don't actually remember how I came upon this. It's bookmarked, and I remember having read it some time ago and completely forgotten about it, and then at some point this week I remembered its name and did a little search. Once I reached their main site, it all came fl...
01.18.2010 | | Posted at 12:50 PM

No, not mine ...

By Ken Brosky
A fellow classmate from UN's MFA program has set up a "novel-in-progress" blog. What does that mean, exactly? Well, these types of blogs are traditionally put together by courageous souls willing to share their works in progress. In this case, Dead Bears is just getting started, so you've got the chance to start at the beginning and watch how the novel slowly unfolds. A blip from the first entr...
01.13.2010 | | Posted at 11:21 PM

I can't believe I spelled "Missouri" right ...

By Ken Brosky
I just got my first issue of The Missouri Review (TMR for you hipsters) and I have to say so far I'm pretty impressed. Sure, I've only delved into one of the stories so far, but the presentation of the journal is pretty impressive. It's well-designed, taking liberal advantage of the artistic eyes on staff, making it easy for the mag to stand out among its competitors. It should, of course. The Missouri Review is one of the "it" mags, the one that published writers brag about. When you're published in The Missouri Review, this is how you react: "Holy crap!" <

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12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Published in MAYDAY Magazine

By Ken Brosky
 Well, I'm back from my "vacation" at the University of Nebraska, just one short semester away from receiving my Master's Degree. I'm beat, but I managed to look up a few short-short stories that you might enjoy checking out while you're pooping around online.   Here's an excerpt from "Mooring Stones," by Paula Carter:   �He listens to the woman on the weather radio repeat...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Helping me get the taste of "Avatar" out of my mouth ...

By Ken Brosky
Upon leaving the theater last night, I found myself oddly perturbed. James Cameron spent ten years on AVATAR, and yet the script wasn't very well-written. My intellectual sparring partner asked me what, exactly, I expected from a science-fiction movie. Well, to be entirely honest, I expected a story. I expected, in addition to fantastic, amazing special effects (which it delivered!), good dialogue...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

From Subtropics

By Ken Brosky
Since the current Subtropics issue is only featuring poetry (but still worth checking out!), I had to dig to find something in the fiction department that I can share. This was another literary journal that I happened upon when I attended the AWP conference in Chicago last year, and the issue I bought was a great read. An excerpt from "Give Me That," by Molly Giles: It was not until she par...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

From the Adirondack Review

By Ken Brosky
Sometimes, I happen upon new fiction purely out of luck. In this case, I was double-checking my SPAM folder and noticed that for some reason, my mail system was dropping emails from Black Lawrence Press there instead of my Inbox. May that be lesson to you: keep an eye on that SPAM folder. Or don't. I don't care, really.  Here's a snippet of "The Average Human Heart" by Martin Law: ��I ...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

And she's got a new book out, too!

By Ken Brosky
In honor of Alice Munro's new short story collection, I though it might be nice to take a look at a recent short story from the New Yorker. I figure if you haven't tried reading her yet, this might be a good way to ease yourself in. Because she's a great writer, and her new collection is full of scandals, death adultery and other literary items that never go out of style. From "Dimension," by A...

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