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Come on Janny, like me. I just want your country to like me.

YAWN HATES ME BY SE DIAMOND 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 03

Jan hates me. He has thin blond hair tied into a ponytail, and his name is pronounced yawn—not like the American girl’s name Jan. Our Czech Foreign Relations class has just ended and it’s Friday.  “Na Sled, Jan.” I smile and suck in my cheeks as I say good day to him. Come on Janny, like me. I just want your country to like me.

Words are all we have.

The glimpses that we have of the intensely private Beckett from his friends reveal a man, a writer, driven by his commitment to words, not just any words, but words stripped bare, edited, and reduced, as if by doing this he could remove every inconsequential modifier and reveal meaning in its simplest form, the most direct form, without embellishment, without fluff.


34TH PARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 03

THE DANGER YOU KNOW BY GEOFF KIRSCH, TEARS BEFORE THEY FALL BY WILLIAM FALO, YAWN HATES ME BY SE DIAMOND, OF QUICKSAND MATS BY ASHLEY COWGER, ON HOLD IN ZIHUA BY STEVE HICKS, OCCUPATION BY WINDY LYNN HARRIS, THE TEA PARTY BY MICHAEL ERNEST SWEET, CHOP SUEY BY KATHLEEN J STOWE, EXTREME IMAGES BY MOSTAFA MOFTAH, WRITING STARS BY MICHAEL SWEET, TIME  WITH FRIEDA BY ARLENE ANG, ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY BY JASON HUSKEY, MYSPACE JESUS BY SHANA KRAYNAK, CAMOUFLAGE BY SARAH E AZIZI, MOVING BY MATT MULLINS, WATERS BY CP STEWART, UNLIKELY SONNET BY DAVE MORRISON, YESTERDAY BY ASHLIEGH GEHL.