Common Eyes

flash fiction by Lauren Chartuk She looked at me plainly, as I did her. She tried to smile. Instead she just bared her teeth. They were relatively straight. How are you? I barely saw her mouth move. I’m okay, all right, not bad… not great. I felt an involuntary shrug. She matched me, What have you been up to? The question hung in the close air between us. Not much, I answered as the rest of the soap rinsed off my hands. She nodded condescendingly,…Continue Reading “Common Eyes”

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interview by Carla Dominguez

photography by John Dijulio

When I met with John Mclaughlin at the Anderson House for this interview the first thing he asked me was, “You’re not going to write about me as Mr. Mclaughlin, are you?” I asked him if he preferred Professor Mclaughlin, and he laughed. “I go by Jack,” he reminded me.

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by Carla Dominguez During my monthly bookshelf dusting, I found a book that I didn’t remember buying. It was a biography of J.M. Barrie, something I probably picked up years ago and promised to read later. I pulled it out to read the back cover thinking, “Who is this?” and was surprised to be reminded that Barrie is the creator of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Couldn’t Grow Up. I remember being effectively freaked out by the original Peter Pan story as a child, and being much…Continue Reading “Notes on Peter Pan and J.M. Barrie”

by Christopher Sloce I used to have something that resembled a swamp in my front yard. I spent a lot of time in there pretending to be Roland from The Dark Tower, had a cap gun and everything. I also used to pretend to be Swamp Thing, who appealed to me as a more dynamic kind of hero; he’s powerful but ugly, something I felt acquainted with as a middle school kid. The first run of Swamp Thing made no bones about what it was: it was…Continue Reading “The Saga of Alan Moore’s “Swamp Thing””