34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE INDIE LITMAG DIGITAL & PRINT

Why do you care so much?

PARALLEL PARKING BY SACHA MOORE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62

“Why do you care so much?” Mike would ask me. “What does she have that you want?” I’m not sure I could have articulated it. I tried to tell him how she seemed above the rest of us, yet mysterious, perhaps hiding some secret pain. Mike said I had too much imagination and turned on the television.

Hello? Please help! My phone is broke!

LOOK UP BY CASIMIR GRABOWSKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62

She walked into the elevator, an ethereal millennial with coffee in hand, earbuds in, and limitless data delivering her a steady stream of dopamine. She pressed the button for her floor without looking up. Hello? I wanted to say. Please help me! My phone is broke!

CARYVILLE, TN BY WA REED 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62


Let’s assume for a moment

you’re barreling through Caryville, Tennessee

when you spot a sushi bar along Highway 116

to be precise, situated right next door to The Liquor Barn

showcasing Climax moonshine, bathtub gin, & The White Dog.

Now picture this documented in an aging photo album

the images, originally captured in color with a Polaroid

but over time faded to a sort of opaque-ish patina

one image showing families gathered there, and another

your reflection in the blue-black plate-glass.


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62

CARYVILLE, TN BY WA REED, CURT BY ELLEN BLOOMENSTEIN, LOOK UP BY CASIMIR GRABOWSKI, PARALLEL PARKING BY SACHA MOORE, HEAVY RAINS BY MONTE BOURJAILY, SHAKING AND SHAKING BY JIM MEIROSE, THAT GRAY AREA BY ANNA SVOBODA.