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The Tragedy of Gerald Neesh: Act IV

This is Act IV in a five-act fiction story: The Tragedy of Gerald Neesh. Editor’s note: The following article contains references to suicide that some readers may find troubling. “Maria Stone,” he said as he read her insurance card. “That’s a cool name.” “Thanks,” Maria said, as she scanned the room with its leguminous entrails…

Reflections from the Bay Area Book Festival

Over the weekend of May 4th and 5th, tens of thousands of readers gathered in downtown Berkeley, California, for the long-awaited Bay Area Book Festival. Hundreds of authors and speakers shared words of wisdom with eager fans in crowded auditoriums, with a free outdoor fair of rows of white-tipped tents showcasing publishers, literary organizations, authors…

‘What is Not Yours is Not Yours’ exquisitely enchants and eludes

Quoting Emily Dickinson, Helen Oyeyemi’s first short story collection, “What is Not Yours is Not Yours,” begins with the epigraph of “open me carefully” and swiftly delves into an exquisite unravelling of storytelling and reality. To great effect, Oyeyemi explores and broaches the boundaries of traditional narrative expectations, balancing fantasy and the surreal over a…