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Lies Sold Out

Issue #19, Spring 2004

"Art is not truth. Art is a lie that enables us to recognize truth." So spaketh Picasso. Humans love to lie. And amidst this reign of the most mendacious US government in history, we thought it only fitting to have an issue that is all lies all the time, or at least a few truths about some outright lies, as well as some deceitful poetry and fiction that ring painfully true. Deceit beats at the heart of the doomed yet un-relinquishable affair in Amy Bloom's story "I Love to See You Coming, I Hate to See You Go." Memory is the liar in "A Late Afternoon Swim" Peter LaSalle's short story, while self-delusion fuels the loveable anti-hero in Nancy Reisman's story "False Starts." The issue is also chockablock with nonfiction liars—Robert Arellano wrestles with money, Nina Kossman recounts her days as an FBI "counterintelligence" agent, Charles D'Ambrosio details the disquieting experience of being fictionalized in his ex-girlfriend's novel, and Ann Hood writes about how all comfort is a lie when faced with extreme tragedy.