V as in Victor — April 16, 2014.
“Detritus” — Want a recipe for human tragedy? Take outdated Cold War policies, an embargo, float on an island 90 miles offshore in shark-infested waters. Stir.
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Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading. “Unhappiness, Guanajuato” by Pablo Piñero Stillmann.
What if happiness isn’t worth searching for? What if we let go of the idea that permanent bliss is attainable or even desirable? And if we allow that melancholy is our natural state, who’s to say this isn’t, in fact, happiness? But by doing away with the search for happiness and instead aiming for its opposite, does unhappiness become just as elusive?
In “Unhappiness, Guanajuato” by Pablo Piñero Stillmann, the narrator, Joaquín, doesn’t find any answers. (That would be too easy.) Instead, we get a disjointed narrative, a story about a man who joins a cult of sadness and the legacy of unhappiness he leaves for his family, delivered in small snippets of history and personal anecdote. 

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Next City: Forefront, Issue 105. “Food Culture” — A special issue dedicated to urban America’s changing local food economy.
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The Awl Weekend Companion
“Endurance” — Making art for a lifetime.

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The Weekly Rumpus — April 16 2014. 
The very first Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show featuring Nick Lantz, Jessica McCaughey on difficult friendships, and more. Plus, original fiction and poetry.
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Bike Hugger, Issue 11 — ”April Fools”
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Chronicles — Speaking truth to power since 1977
On the cutting edge of political, cultural, and economic issues, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture is America’s premier conservative journal. From the heart of Middle America—Rockford, Illinois—Chronicles takes you on a monthly journey through the best that American culture has to offer. Each issue contains the entire text of our 52-page print edition—an average of 20 or more articles.
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Little Star Weekly, April 11, 2014.
P is for Poetry: this week we dip into Edward Hirsch’s new handbook A Poet’s Glossary with what we take to be a bellweather entry. Then an example of the form from Chris Preddle, and part two of Rachel Stern’s story “The Last Plague.” Finally, further wanderings with painter Joe Fyfe in Mary Weatherford’s Little Star Gallery.
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V as in Victor, April 9, 2014.
"To Live and Play in L.A." — Something weirder than the weird stuff that normally happens in L.A. happened on Sunday. Or nearly happened.
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Christ and Pop Culture — “Seeing Our Bodies”
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In month’s edition of Emily Books: Yokohama Threeway by Beth Lisick. 
Beth Lisick is the undisputed master of the small, strange personal story, but in this collection she transcends punchlines and gets real. Yokohama Threeway is a lot weirder and, we think, even awesomer than her earlier collections of funny anecdotes. Lisick has a knack for telling a story quickly and then getting out, just stopping, before drawing any fake-profound conclusions. Shitty jobs, the Bay Area’s influx of rich assholes, Stephen Elliot, the humiliations of childhood, an alcoholic coworker, the ex-boyfriend who wanted to teach her how to wash her ass properly — no one is spared in these subtle, perfectly rendered, hilarious and true snapshots of the artist’s life. 
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The Weekly Rumpus — April 9, 2014
The Rumpus Interview with Stephen Malkmus, Craig Reinbold on the ugly truth of U.S. gun massacres, and more. Plus, original fiction and poetry.
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