Nonfiction 5.1

Motel at the Center of America by David Wanczyk

Motel at the Center of America by David Wanczyk

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 A theoretical cardboard cutout of The United States would balance on a pinpoint that corresponds to the real-life, non-cardboard town of Lebanon, Kansas, in Smith County U.S.A., the heart of America, at which there is an abandoned motel, a pillbox […]

Tito Dies! Yugoslavia Explodes! (Summer 1969) by Allan Ross

Tito Dies! Yugoslavia Explodes! (Summer 1969) by Allan Ross

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 In 1969, when I still lived in Hollywood and idolized Henry Mancini for the film scores he wrote, I hustled a job doing some cues for a little documentary called Bisbee, Arizona. It was a modest 16mm film about what […]

Summer 1969: Rebuilding the Valiant by Allan Ross

Summer 1969: Rebuilding the Valiant by Allan Ross

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 “Hey, asshole, get off the road, your rings are shot!” were the actual words that made me decide to rebuild my 1961 Plymouth Valiant. I know that sounds like a pretty quick cave-in, but the biker who said the words […]

On the Verge of Saying Something by Jim Miller

On the Verge of Saying Something by Jim Miller

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 1. My son asks for a fishing pole for his 5th birthday. He says to me, “I never fished before.” I know. “Can we go fishing?” I tell him, “Sure, we can go.” “When?” I tell him, “When you get […]

Goodnight Alice by Cynthia Hawkins

Goodnight Alice by Cynthia Hawkins

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 As we rode west toward Monterey I reached over the passenger seat from the back and angled a cell phone over Katherine’s left breast. “Can you see what you’re doing?” she asked as she worked the breast pump that wheezed […]

On One of Many Incessant Noises by Austin Rory Hackett

On One of Many Incessant Noises by Austin Rory Hackett

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 I’m sitting in my basement room trying to read and write and seriously considering breaking my recent pact to respect all life and stop killing even insects. I decided to embark on this holy journey of all-things-in-harmony two days ago […]

The Erotics of Leavening by Alex Chambers

The Erotics of Leavening by Alex Chambers

Nonfiction, Vol. 5.1, March 2011 The rising of dough creates spaces, makes openings. Rooms develop, cells breathe. If the erotic is the space between desire and its fulfillment, I like to think that leavening, the mediation between a mound of flour and a slice of […]