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Work Sold Out

Issue #25, Fall 2005

The professions covered in this issue include therapists (Steve Almond), phlebotomists (Annie McFayden), bartenders (Rhoda Huffey), immigration officials (Sharon May), doctors (T.E. Holt), Noh actors (William T. Vollmann), skateboarders (Bret Anthony johnston), lowbrow publishers (Lee Montgomery), and the Grim Reaper (Billy Collins). In a departure for us, the cover and interior illustrations were all done by the hardest-working man in graphite—Daniel Duford. We hope that the enire issue showcases the craft of writing, reminding us that the best practitioners choose their tools with care and strike with precision.

Dorothy Allison

SEVEN TIMES SEVEN • 'Rolling dough is a thing I do better than anyone. Flour, sugar, butter, and salt--these I understand.'

Steve Almond

NO ONE HERE BUT US CHICKENS • 'Oss did not especially like to be naked. But he was naked now.'

Rhoda Huffey

FEVER • 'There were no police. A real Alaskan bartender must control the crowd with the force of her personality.'

Sharon May

THE WIZARD OF KHAO-I-DANG • 'The people stuck in Khao-I-Dang camp want to get out to America or Australia--or any country that will accept them.'

Annie McFadyen

Fiction
BLEEDERS • 'He gently scrubs those few blood clots free with the special brush, touches what her naked heart has touched.'

Jolie Lewis

Fiction
THE COLD JUST DOES THINGS TO YOU • 'What happened that night between me and my girlfriend, Bethie, was the end of a hard day of work. Not that the cop was any help.'

Krista J. H. Leahy

Poetry
PEARSAP

Billy Collins

RECUMBENT
REAPER

MONICA YOUN

THE WEDDING OF IGNATZ
IGNATZ IN FURS

JASON ZUZGA

MAKING BUTTER

THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS

WAYS TO BE BLACK IN A POEM

MICHAEL HAINEY

BIG DEREK

Lisa Jones

MEN'S WORK • A reservation medicine man gentles people and animals--but a day's task of gelding a horse goes awry.

William T. Vollmann

'THE MASK IS MOST IMPORTANT ALWAYS' • Master Noh actor Umewaka Roruko explains what's behind the masks in the ancient Japanese theater tradition.

Tom Grimes

BRING OUT YOUR DEAD • Night shift in the mortuary.

Bret Anthony Johnston

TRICK TIP • Become a professional--but not famous--skateboarder in twelve simple steps!

Padgett Powell

THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED AT WORK • Orthodontic molds, roofing, and Willie Ebert Brown.

Lou Matthews

THE END OF THE LINE • Two kinds of hamburger buns converge into a special kind of hell.

T.E. Holt

DELIRIUM TREMENS • On laughing when you're not supposed to laugh.

Chris Offutt

OUT WEST • Young lovers of Brie and Hiram follow the jobs.

Lee Montgomery

MY BRILLIANT CAREER • The author forsakes literary publishing for Heidi Fleiss, O.J. jurors, and Robert Evans in white silk pajamas.

Matthew Batt

THE PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS • Sourdough and Nancy Silverton take over one man's life.

Ron Carlson

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION