It seems fitting that during the season when one's fancy turns naturally to escaping work and school, the undercurrent of this issue is escaping from reality—how our desire for flight (real or imaginary) and the need to lend meaning to our lives can transport us to the most unlikely places. In Rick Bass's haunting story "The Elephant," the imagination of a mother living on the edge of a desolate salt flat seems capable of spinning fantasy into fact. The violent end of a woman's slightly sinister neighbors spurs her obsession with ferreting out the truth in Ann Beattie's "Moni Wayside Blue." Whether you like floating off into space, or prefer to be solidly grounded to your beach chair, we hope you enjoy the issue.
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