Issue #20, 2003


Our 20th issue, "Clarity" features writers searching for clarity in their lives, and the rest of the world, as they struggle to make social and personal changes. "Clarity" includes 10 essays by authors taking similarly reflective looks at their lives. In the lead essay, "Shunned," Meredith Hall shares the painful rejection by her hometown—rejection triggered by teen pregnancy. In "Rachel At Work: Enclosed a Mother's Report," a special assignment funded by the Bayer Corporation, Jane Bernstein seeks a clear vision for the future of her developmentally disabled daughter—and for herself as the responsible adult and mother. In "Nerve Endings," Lucinda Rosenfeld wants to understand symptoms of paralysis that have suddenly affected her. In "Bibliophilia," Laurie Graham, a former senior editor at Scribners, relives the life and energy provided by all her treasured books, lost in a devastating house fire. Jana Richman finds clarity in the wind and the roar of the motorcycle. These and other writers featured in issue 20 challenge their lives and their established communities, pushing for social and personal change.

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR Lee Gutkind ... read more
Shunned Meredith Hall ... read more
Why I Ride Jana Richman
I Held Their Coats: A Case Study of Two Jokes Frank Soos
The Unexamined Life Sam Anderson
Breast Cancer #2 Margaret Overton
And So on and So Forth Joyce Reiser Kornblatt
Nerve Endings Lucinda Rosenfeld
Bibliophilia Laurie Graham
Rachel at Work: Enclosed, a Mother's Report Jane Bernstein
COVER TO COVER: Reviews of New Books


Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson is working on his doctorate in English at New York University. His work has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, the Philadelphia... read more

Jane Bernstein

Jane Bernstein’s most recent books include the memoirs Bereft: A Sister’s Story and Rachel in the World. She is also an... read more

Laurie Graham

Laurie Graham is at work on a series of essays about Paris and the love of language. Her essay "Bibliophilia" appeared in Issue 20 of... read more

Meredith Hall

Meredith Hall's memoir, Without a Map, was recently published by Beacon Press in 2007. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The... read more

Joyce Reiser Kornblatt

Joyce Reiser Kornblatt teaches in the MFA program at the University of Maryland. She has published four novels and many stories and essays. read more

Hilary Masters

Hilary Masters was born and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. His recent novel "Post" includes an account of the demise of the passenger... read more

Margaret Overton

Margaret Overton is a physician practicing anesthesia in the Chicago area. She recently completed her MFA in writing at the School of the... read more

Jana Richman

Jana Richman's essays and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. She is working on a book, slated for publication by... read more

Lucinda Rosenfeld

Lucinda Rosenfeld's first novel "What She Saw," was published by Random House in 2000. She is working on a sequel, slated for publication... read more

Frank Soos

Frank Soos teaches English and creative writing at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. He has published three books, including "Unified... read more