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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, Steve Almond, Rhoda Huffey, Sharon May
SEVEN TIMES SEVEN • 'Rolling dough is a thing I do better than anyone. Flour, sugar, butter, and salt--these I understand.'
NO ONE HERE BUT US CHICKENS • 'Oss did not especially like to be naked. But he was naked now.'
FEVER • 'There were no police. A real Alaskan bartender must control the crowd with the force of her personality.'
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, Jolie Lewis, Krista J. H. Leahy
BLEEDERS • 'He gently scrubs those few blood clots free with the special brush, touches what her naked heart has touched.'
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.'
Billy Collins, MONICA YOUN, JASON ZUZGA, THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS, MICHAEL HAINEY
THE WEDDING OF IGNATZ
IGNATZ IN FURS
WAYS TO BE BLACK IN A POEM
Lisa Jones, William T. Vollmann, Tom Grimes, Bret Anthony Johnston
MEN'S WORK • A reservation medicine man gentles people and animals--but a day's task of gelding a horse goes awry.
'THE MASK IS MOST IMPORTANT ALWAYS' • Master Noh actor Umewaka Roruko explains what's behind the masks in the ancient Japanese theater tradition.
BRING OUT YOUR DEAD • Night shift in the mortuary.
TRICK TIP • Become a professional--but not famous--skateboarder in twelve simple steps!
Along the Margins: 4 Sketches of Work:
Padgett Powell, Lou Matthews, T.E. Holt, Chris Offutt
THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED AT WORK • Orthodontic molds, roofing, and Willie Ebert Brown.
THE END OF THE LINE • Two kinds of hamburger buns converge into a special kind of hell.
DELIRIUM TREMENS • On laughing when you're not supposed to laugh.
OUT WEST • Young lovers of Brie and Hiram follow the jobs.
Lost & Found:
MY BRILLIANT CAREER • The author forsakes literary publishing for Heidi Fleiss, O.J. jurors, and Robert Evans in white silk pajamas.
THE PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS • Sourdough and Nancy Silverton take over one man's life.
The Last Word: