From the Editors
It takes courage to lead a life. Any life. —Erica Jong
It takes courage to live even a small, unnoticed life, yes. But we learn to source that courage almost everywhere. Navigating simple pleasures and stark realities is what makes a life. In Issue 15, we connect with such pleasures and realities throughout what feels like a linked collection of hint-stories. We think Ayelet Amittay’s “Taking Me Back” is all about that “hollow open mouth,” but there are other images that inspire different kinds of story. The five bits of narrative in Jeanne Julian’s “Last Chance in 53” are through-and-through stark, yet richly imaged reality. With its series of snapshots over the life of a marriage, Lucy Wilde’s “Release and Hold Harmless,” about the contract we make when we agree to love and lose, completes the collection. Her piece is soaked in heartache but reminds us throughout of why the ache is worth it.
—Claire, Suzanne, Cheryl
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