In writing this review, I struggled to find a thread that sews all of the pieces together, but then I realized that perhaps it doesn't need that. The pieces in this issue stand apart for themselves, in the excellent narration, the witty lines, and the way they portray life's uncertainties. Anthony Moore's "Speak Memory" was easily my favorite; the narration in it had me chuckling to myself. The narrator is in the process of writing as the story develops, commenting on the writing and metaphors he is using—sometimes pointing out the flaws in them and trading them out for new ones. The story itself brings up questions of memory as the couple's baby has nightmares. Their doctor says that the baby doesn't have any memory beyond eating, sleeping, and pooping once it falls asleep. Yet, she still wakes up every night screaming and crying. Paul, the father, takes steps to insure that he won't forget anything.
"My Father, Expert on Racism in America," by dadada, tells a story through a series of email conversations. Christina Gombar's "Ask And It Is Given" is the story of a girl who always gets what she wants, regardless of what her family or society thinks is best for her. And "200th St." by Isaac Davis is a complex braid story about a taxi-cab driver. There is also poetry from Carolyn Keogh, Erin Holly Fenton, and Tim West.