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Beach Read by Oscar Cuevas
Beachreads

We lived in the constrictive belt of bible-thumpers, but I always wanted my life to unfurl like a beach read, the kind of life that conjures a certain ephemeral pleasure, baked between sand and sun, crashing waves far enough away so their fatal danger only registers as ambiance.

Beach Read by Oscar Cuevas
Beachreads

We lived in the constrictive belt of bible-thumpers, but I always wanted my life to unfurl like a beach read, the kind of life that conjures a certain ephemeral pleasure, baked between sand and sun, crashing waves far enough away so their fatal danger only registers as ambiance.

Distant Cousin by Federico Vegas

This First Proof contains an excerpt from Distant Cousin by Federico Vegas, translated by Lisa Dillman.

Sanctuary by Neil Bissoondath

He forced his gaze past his own reflection in the plate-glass window of the restaurant, past the inverted letters announcing Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine, to the night beyond. 

Tran Anh Hung’s The Vertical Ray of the Sun by Lawrence Chua
The Vertical Ray of the Sun

Tran Anh Hung’s latest film is filled with love and infidelity, skirting the line between reality and a dreamworld.

The Frogs’s Hopscotch Lollipop Sunday Surprise by Lynn Geller & Nic Ratner
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The Frogs, who’ve been writing and recording for 20 years, diverge (to some degree) from their basement roots to make an album with slightly more production value.

Randy Bradley by Jake Bohstedt

This article is only available in print.

Maria Flook’s My Sister Life by Amy Hempel
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Memoir, biography, nonfiction novel—all of these terms apply to My Sister Life, a stunning and disturbing book by poet and novelist Maria Flook. 

Keep it From the Flame by Ken Foster

My mother is lighting another cigarette from the stove. 

Brigitte Rouan by Liza Béar
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A deftly crafted and mordant social drama set in Algeria during the last years of French Colonialism, Overseas (Outreamer), which actress Brigitte Rouan co-wrote and in which she co-stars with Nicole Garcia and Marianne Basler, marks a stunning debut for Rouan as a director.

Whom No Hate Stirs None Dances by Bradford Morrow
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Still dressed in the suit he wore to the funeral and not five minutes in mama’s house Cutts sought, found, and pulled down on the cord that hung from the trap door to the attic. Georgia stood behind him, black pumps off.

The Children’s Stories by Jane Warrick
Shelley Kaplan

Sarah and I borrowed the kids and the van and drove to the beach.

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