September 11, 2013 | Poetry
h. l. nelson
Tops Like Arrows
Dan’s Trans Am smashed into the guardrail,
him doing 75, all hopped up
on Dexatrim and Coors Lite.
I remember... more
September 6, 2013 | Great Moments in Cinematic Drinking, movie reviews
At first, you think it’s going to be that old cliché: men and their brown... more
Megan Martin is the author of Sparrow & Other Eulogies (Gold Wake 2011). Her work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Caketrain, >kill author, The Collagist, and la petite zine. She lives and teaches in Cincinnati.
As a writer, what draws me to wrestlers, superheroes, etc is probably what you pointed out, that when we first encounter them, they are overtly flat characters, cardboard. So I have a chance, even an obligation, to dig in and root around and find the human, expose him or her. Once we see someone else not as a caricature but a person, we can reflect off them, compare ourselves to them, feel empathy or disdain or any of the myriad of human reactions that matter. But we can’t just shrug and go, “Ah, janitor.”
The value of a cash gift is on its face, and that, in... more
18. You will understand and properly use the term “brown out” in every day conversation.
Accompanied a young couple for the euthanization of... more
The following are direct quotes from the lost episode of Breaking Bad.