11.11.2004

I wondered if she had some magic power in her that made scary things kind of beautiful, turned them into something you never want to lose because it makes you feel like you’re glowing from the deepest part of yourself. At the worst part of the storm thunder cracked so loud I was sure the house would split in half, and part of me wanted the house to split in half because it would be something catastrophic that happened to us together.

-"All Our Summer Songs," by Elizabeth Barker [Venus].

I wish that all popular/general-interest magazines would publish short fiction; there's really no reason not to, and although The New Yorker is sort of the standard-bearer, one would think every publication could find its niche pretty easily...

Related:
One Story publisher Maribeth Batcha on the dearth of short fiction in women's magazines, especially.

-Lauren
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