TO EAT, TO SLEEP BY DANIEL J NEWCOMER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 25
“This can’t be the same thing as two years ago,” a Tunisian journalist told me as we waited for her mother to cook us dinner.
This journalist, Nadya, was a beautiful blonde woman who ran a radio program in Hammamet; we met one day as I was taking pictures of a protest and she approached me to tell me that it was dangerous.
“I know,” I said fancifully, “I like it that way.”
“Great!” she replied with just as much excitement, “Because later tonight there is going to be a van full of militia coming this way hired by the Ennahda party supporters, and it should get pretty heavy here!”
So that was how I came across Nadya, and it was through both her and Adnen that the story of the Tunisian revolution manifested, showcasing what life for Tunisians really meant amidst a suffering much different than the woes represented by political economic debridement.
“This can’t be the same thing as two years ago,” Nadya continued with a breadth of ferocity, “because two years ago, the Tunisian people were united.”
Words are the only tools that I even remotely know how to use. My work has been published in some great places such as BlazeVox, Camera Obscura, the Chattahoochee Review , and Ducts. I have an MFA from Penn State University. I write book reviews at concreteandcoyotes. wordpress.com and my website is mouramcgovern.com
I was born and spent my early years in St Petersburg, Russia. This city continues to influence my writing to this day, and I go back as often as I can.
THOMAS N HACKNEY
I am a science writer, for 38 years now, when I am not somewhat more gainfully employed as a magazine editor, IT technician or PR executive. I have managed to publish four stories this year, three in print magazines (one British, two American) and one in an internet magazine (British). Hack by name, hack by nature! My book, The Eti Grail (2012, Balboa Press), goes into more detail on this story.
The shared cramped space of the colectivo echoes the meetings and partings that define our lives, and serves as the inspiration for my story. Writing about it helps me to connect with the rhythm and the substance and the realness of it all.
By the 1960s, when I was coming of age, the seeds of a pervasive critique of society began to take root. At its heart was the belief that institutions impede rather than promote individual well-being. What’s the optimal relationship between society and the individual?
I write novels and short stories. A novel gives you plenty of room to move. It’s pleasant to be in a novel. A short story, on the other hand, hems you in. No sooner are you in one than you want to get out. I try not to give in to this urge. I want a short story to be like a miniature novel, with a real plot, with authentic characters and with observations and reflections to think about. firstname.lastname@example.org
I watch people kiss and argue and talk about everything and nothing and then I see them in my poems. For more of my work, Garbanzo Literary Journal, Two@SJSU . thewordsofsagedanielle.blogspot.com
DANIEL J NEWCOMER
I have worked as a reporter for the Badger Herald while studying at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, written stories for the Bali Expat and the Jakarta Expat magazines while living and teaching English in Indonesia, and done a little copywriting for some spare change.