Me Three – Fall 2005
Me Three delivers prose in all its bountiful forms: fiction, personal essays, criticism, and even “unclassifiables.”
Me Three delivers prose in all its bountiful forms: fiction, personal essays, criticism, and even “unclassifiables.” An outgrowth of Me Three online, the print journal presents diverse writing by emerging authors and critics. It’s Me Three’s love of the unexpected in writing that drives the editorial aesthetic. Where else would you find a swipe at W. P. Kinsella’s baseball writing, a subversive cartoon manifesto, and a story told from the perspective of a baby bird? One of the highlights of the issue is “Of Of,” Ken Chen’s erudite and witty dissection of the word “of,” winner of the magazine’s 2005 Literary Criticism Contest. Tracing the use of “of” in poetry from Milton to Jorie Graham, Chen argues that “of” is the most overlooked word in literature and has risen above “like” or “as” as the metaphoric preposition of choice. Editor Sarah Stodola’s “The Sale of Overpriced Clothes” is a story of working in retail that rings true to the letter. Also of particular interest is the peculiar “Missed Connections You May Have Missed” attributed to John Drinkwater, which includes sharp-tongued observations like “I see you on the train every day. Sometimes when you see me you turn away and look out the window so you can think about what it would be like to be with me” or “You were reading the New York Post, but you don’t seem to have grown up in a white trash environment” or “You were in Wham! with George Michael. Not even you mom knows your name.” Me Three delivers the weird gems of fiction and criticism that you might have always been looking for but didn’t know where to find.