PULLED INTO NAZARETH BY WILLIAM BLICK 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 17
“Pulled into Nazareth, feeling about half past dead/ Just lookin for a place where I can lay my head”—this song, The Weight, by Robbie Robertson as performed by the Band, is an epic ballad of weariness of the road.
The road—the long winding road—has been a source of inspiration for many great folk singers, country balladeers, and classic and southern rock troubadours in American music. The Band is perhaps the greatest example of fusion of jazz, country, blues, and rock and roll, and they have had a lifetime of experience on the road to draw upon as a source of inspiration. Robertson explains in The Last Waltz, the documentary by Martin Scorsese about the Band’s final concert, that the road is, and I quote, “a goddammned impossible way of life”. Robertson like Woody Guthrie, Howlin’ Wolf, Hank Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Allman Brothers Band have made a life of music and the road by playing in their early days in pool halls, juke joints, gin mills, in the seemingly endless stretch of the American landscape and imagination. The road is the ultimate palette for the American songwriter.
AURORA LOPEZ CANCINO
I was born in Valparaíso, Chile, and started writing and singing in my head very early in my life to escape the tribulations and an internal sadness that exploded the day of the military coup on September 11, 1973. That day I was 13 and terrified. We survived 15 months of dictatorship and left the country. We lived in Japan for four years, and since then I have lived also in Europe, North America, Oceania, and Antarctica, weaving into my cultural tissue the nuances and contradictions of other landscapes and people. My ultimate dream is to grow old in a warm kitchen, a good drink in everyone's hands, sharing memories, stories, songs, and dances. Nobody alone, everyone real and connected."
A poet, photographer, some-time band manager, lives outside of Austin, Texas, where as well as writing he designs and makes furniture from rare exotic woods. He has had stories published in The Toucan Magazine, Black Lantern, Pulp Modern, and Lady Ink. "I'm over twenty thousand words into my first novel, what I would call Texas gothic."
WILLIAM "BILL" BLICK
"I have always been fascinated with empty highways. So much freedom. My imagination is stoked by gas stations, rest stops, and roadside diners. The real Americana and the best stories have been written there." Blick has stories published in Horror Bound,Twisted Dreams, Twist of Noir, Powder Burn Flash, Beat to a Pulp, Pulp Metal, Everyday Weirdness, Mysterical-e, Ascent Aspirations, Inscribed: A Magazine for Writers, Clockwise Cat, Pulp Pusher, Underground Voices, Revisions: A Queens College Zine on Writing, Scribal Tales, Alien Skin, Thrillers, Chillers N' Killers, Soul Fountain, Seven Seas Magazine, Straitjackets Magazine, and Bewildering Stories. He also writes film criticism and has published work in Senses of Cinema.
is an architect and freelance writer in Charlottesville, VA. He writes about housing, gardens, communities, and the people who build them. His academic degrees are Harvard, BA 1974 and Yale, M Arch 1978. At Harvard, he studied poetry composition with Elizabeth Bishop, and won the Sargent Prize for translation from Latin. His articles, fiction and poems have appeared in the Advocate, Albemarle, Baffler, Classical Outlook, C-Ville Weekly, Echo, Hellas, Inform, New England Review, New York Native, Northern Virginia, Piedmont Virginian, Prime Number, and Real Estate Weekly.
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Born and grew up in France, and has been living in Cork, Ireland for the past few years. "I write in English, a language I enjoy much more than French." Dagorn's stories have been published in Wordlegs, The Legendary, and the Molotov Cocktail.
Has a Masters in Asian studies, and writes in Tokyo. "Everybody talks about how much they enjoy writing, how necessary it is for their lives. For me, I have stuff I want to say. Need to say."
LAWRENCE F FARRAR
Farrar spent 17 years in Japan as a naval officer, graduate student, and diplomat. In his final Tokyo assignment he was Ambassador Mondale's Minister for Political Affairs. A Dartmouth graduate with a Stanford degree in Japanese studies, he taught Japanese history. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, Keiko. Farrar's stories have been published in The MacGuffin, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Worcester Review, GW Review, Red Cedar Review, Straylight, Red Wheelbarrow, Evening Street Review, and New Plains Review. "I am drawn to stories of people who find themselves running up against the cultural norms of a foreign society."
CAROLINE DE LACVIVIER
went to Skidmore College where she graduated with a degree in English. She lives in Boston and edits documentaries for a media company.
Lives and writes in Boise, Idaho, United States. His fiction and nonfiction has been published in Full of Crow Quarterly, The Boise Weekly, Quintessential 'Zine, Fiction365, The South Dakota Review, and the Blue Lake Review