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Nothing I write will ever be finished. 

SERVICE CALL BY GABRIELLE ESPOSITO 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 85

During my fifth pregnancy I lost my sense of humor.

THE END OF AUGUST BY PG SMITH 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 85

I am a sucker for a fantastical tale.

MYTHOLOGY BY MELISSA NUNEZ 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 85

The realities of the other Connecticut are drowned out by the nauseating conceit of the rich and powerful. 

THE OTHER CONNECTICUT BY EZRA KAPROV 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 85

I am no longer a secret you have to keep.

AT THE EDGE OF THE CLEARING BY DEBORAH THOMPSON 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 85


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THE END OF AUGUST BY PG SMITH, THE OTHER CONNECTICUT BY EZRA KAPROV, MYTHOLOGY BY MELISSA NUNEZ, AT THE EDGE OF THE CLEARING BY DEBORAH THOMPSON, SERVICE CALL BY GABRIELLE ESPOSITO. 

I ran to catch my breath.

RUNNING THESE ROADS BY AMYE HARTFIELD 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 84

She had been on a water planet.

LAST CALL FOR HEAVEN BY MICHELLE ASKIN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 84

I started to see some light in the world.

CUSTOM HEADPHONES BY MATTHEW MEAGHER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 81

Screw you, screw you. Bitch, bitch, bitch!

INSCREWABLE BY BEN UMAYAM 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 82

FORGIVING MUSIC’S ORIGINAL EDGELORD BY KRISTINA GARVIN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 79

She captured the movement in still life.

ARTFUL BY KAREN BREMER MASUDA 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 81

See if God is listening. 

INTERNAL VOICES BY TRAVIS COBB 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 81

Let life happen to you.


Let life happen to you regardless of the pain and so on but with its soaring joy, says Terry McDonell in The Accidental Life. What I am really writing about is the idea of human freedom, human community, the real world. I find the most marvelous things in the everyday, the ordinary, the common, the simple.

Let life happen, a liberating notion. Yeah let it be. And keep a look out for the joy, the glorious stuff. No harm either in trying to make sense of it all. 

There is a story here. Perhaps just not the one you’re looking for.

ONE BY BERNIE HAFELI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 40

I don’t have to be on that bus.

THE ANDROID REBELLION BY NICOLAS GATTIG 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 53


The bus left at 10 in time for tonight’s show in Sacramento. I was walking to Civic Center when I thought about something Steve Drt had once said in an interview. Asked on camera if we would ever do Lollapalooza, he gave a smile full of plant teachers. “You know, 80 per cent of success is not showing up,” he said. “For the bullshit, that is.”  I don’t have to be on that bus, I thought, sitting down at a cafe. I can drop the whole thing, slam cappuccinos till happy hour, then get smashed at a bar.

They douse themselves in expensive perfume and chew gum to cover up the smell of vomit.

SAINT CLARE BY AUDREY J GORDEN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 38