Recommended Read: Isidora’s Pawn by Erik Hofstatter

  ‘Orrin is desperate to escape life’s crushing banalities. Enter Dores, a charismatic Spanish librarian he befriends on Instagram. With a gratuitous job offer on the cards, he travels to León and begins a night shift in a place where the broken and weary congregate in healing silence. The medieval library is painted with images…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: ELIZABETH EVERTS

TELEVISION I haven’t been able to watch television for the past 4 years or so, which is exactly when I started writing pop songs…no coincidence.   It seems that TV stimulation somehow interferes with my ability to compose music.   But I used to watch TV – documentaries about the second world war, cooking shows…

Anger Management by Paul D. Brazill

I used to get angry all the time. Especially when I was a teenager. The “difficult years,” doctors used to call it. As if there could ever be any other with a father like mine. I’d see crimson, burn up like a volcano, rant, rave, spit, scream – the whole deal. Sometimes I’d even black…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: SHAUN CARLYLE ROGAN

  TELEVISION I love television but recently I seem to watch less and less of it. When I was a kid, I obsessed over The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan. I thought it was the greatest tv series ever made. And I was right. I love old black and white tv – The Twilight Zone, Outer…

Loved by Ian Copestick

Here I sit, alone downstairs in the dark. Anything to get away from that awful Belittling, humiliating voice. The One that belongs to the woman I have Loved for the last 16 years. It’s really Strange how quickly love can turn To hate. For so many years of my life I loved this woman, now…

No, Really by Ian Copestick

It’s looking like Boris Johnson is Going to be our next Prime Minister My God ! It makes me feel ashamed To be British. Him and Donald Trump Are two of a pair. Two of the main Leaders of the Western world are Brain dead fuckwits with mad Blonde, unmanageable hair. When the aliens land…

A Wretch like Me by Jeanette Cheezum

Dark, dingy and filled with stale cigarette smoke; just the type of joint he liked to frequent. He was always accepted in places like this, didn’t have to pretend. All he had to do was sit in the corner and blend in. An unshaven chameleon; with hair two inches too long peeking out from under…

Wedding Shot over the Wire by Paul Matts

My family was wrenched apart after the civil war. Firstly, the republican rebels won. They replaced the socialist government by force and dealt with any dissenters. I’m sure you can work out what that means. There was no way my wife (Martine) and I are going to risk anything happening to our home. Or to…

John Wisniewski interviews Robert Ragan

  JW: When did you start writing, Robert? RR: As a child I use to make up scary stories and drawing horrible pictures to go along with them. I won essay contests at school. When I was 19, I tried to write poetry every day, I did that for 10 years.   JW: Did you…