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Nothing gives an editor a bigger thrill than discovering new and emerging writers. ISSUE 72 serves up five delightful up-and-comers from the U.S.  The fiction is hot, edgy, original; the prose, clean and sure.  If you don’t yet know their names, you will.

First up is Ranhir Sidhu, who offers Hero of the Nation, where we  meet a young, “special needs” Indian-American girl who coolly marches to her own drummer amidst the chaos in her family; while  The Burglary by S.D. Lavender takes us to a household in suburbia where a burglary produces some surprising twists and turns.   

Dip Me in Honey and Throw Me to the Lesbians by Kathy Anderson is as amusing as it is touching, taking us to a showdown of sorts which pits our lesbian protagonist against a straight woman—all in the aisle of a tiny posh restaurant.

Two slightly more somber pieces deal with loss.  Damian Dresssick’s Losing the Light
follows a down-on his-luck middle-aged man who reluctantly must return to his cantankerous father’s home; while Rachel Ephraim’s Presents takes the voice of  a ”sorta punky kid who’s practically failing eleventh grade,” whose teacher is fixated on sound waves.

Picks from back issues include Elissa Wald’s Therapy, where the therapist’s client is a steaming-hot dominatrix; and John Aber’s  Massage, about a masseur from Ohio, who fanticizes about massaging Dwight Eisenhower.

The quiz this issue is Nobel Prize Winners for Literature, inspired by the recent win by Mario Vargas Llosa from Peru.  There is no one  obscure; you’ve likely read them all, and  perhaps written a paper on one in grad school.  Our winner for last issue’s quiz on 10 Super Bad Guys in Contemporary Literature is Jeff Olley.  Click here for the answers. A 30-euro gift certificate from Amazon goes to the winner. 

Book reviews include two which are highly recommended:  Marcy Dermansky’s Bad Marie, about a most enticing bad girl fresh out of prison; and Home to Barcelona: A Foreigner’s Story by Richard Manchester, where you get the lowdown on what it’s like to slide into Barcelona with no discernable skills, and scrape a living by teaching English, like you do.

Local news:  You have two months left to smoke your brains out in Spanish bars and restaurants.  The full no-smoking ban is due to take effect this January.  It will be the third time it’s supposed to happen, but we reckon this time it’s for real.

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That’s it then.  We hope you enjoy our hot new line-up. 

All the best from Barcelona,

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