Issue 74, Fall 2011

Issue 74, Fall 2011

The Education Issue

“You may not be the person that your parents take you to be. And—this thought is both more exciting and more dangerous—you may not be the person you take yourself to be, either.” — Mark Edmunson’s advice to college freshman.

Essays by Kevin Brockmeier, Emily Bernard, Mark Edmundson, J. Malcom Garcia, and others.

Ron Rash, Walton Muyumba, J.D. Daniels, Erik Reece, William Caverlee, Wendy Brenner, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and many more offer up their take on education in “Classroom Confidential”


Columns & Departments 

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

South Toward Home
AN ARMISTICE PROPOSAL
by Warwick Sabin

I Don’t Hate It!
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM GERALD McRANEY?
by Jack Pendarvis

Local Fare
MISSING GRANDMA’S KITCHEN
by John T. Edge

Dealer’s Choice
FOURTH AND LONG
by Hal Crowther

Essay
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
by Mark Edmundson

After the Storm
SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS
by Constance Adler

Writers on Dating
IN REAL LIFE
by Dan Kelly

Working Life
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
by Andrea Avery

Writing on Writing
WRITING WITH BOYS
by Lisa Annelouise Rentz

After the Storm
THE LOTTERY
by Anne Gisleson


Features

THE REFUGE OF THE CLASSROOM
by Emily Bernard
Silence is not the only option.

SEVENTH GRADE
by Kevin Brockmeier
On Monday, they will wake up and everything will be different.

SMOKE SIGNALS
by J. Malcolm García
They survived Iraq—and died at home.


Fiction

THE THINGS SHE CARRIED
a story by Betsy Berry
You don't need to be a war hero to fulfill your duty.

SPONTANEOUS ORDER
a story by D.H. Varma
A postmodern pop quiz.

GHOST COLLEGE
a story by Jack Pendarvis
He should have taken better care of his wife.

THE COLLECTED STORIES OF MADISON CHARLES
a story by Steve Yarbrough
Couldn't he just figure out a way to make that shit up?


Books

American Gulag
by Emily Witt

Suck It Up!
by Marc Smirnoff

The List
by Kevin Brockmeier

Losting It
by Jed Horne


Classroom Confidential

with Ron Rash, Walton Muyumba, Michael Martone, J.D. Daniels, Dale Ray Phillips, Greg Bottoms, Wendy Brenner, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Erik Reece, Sarah A. Strickley, Mark Winegardner, James Whorton, Jr., Susan Straight, Michael Garriga, Steve Almond, William Caverlee, Clifford Paul Fetters, John Holman


 Cover: “Untitled #71” (2003) by Nicholas Prior