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302.4 Fall 2017

302.4 Fall 2017

302.4 Fall Issue 2017 Cover

The racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia in August reminds me that white supremacy in the United States still lives and threatens to metastasize. This isn't the first time, of course, and it won't be the last. We're obliged not only to confront this destructive hatred today but also to recognize how it has informed our national culture since the beginning. To wit, read NAR editor J.D. Schraffenberger's upcoming piece in NAR Online about Hiram Wesley Evan's essay "The Klan's Flight for Americanism," which appeared in the March-May 1926 issue of the NAR. Pulp fiction, like vinyl records, has recently enjoyed a renaissance; Prologue Books has promised to reprint 400 pulp novels from the 40s and 50s; the BBC is adapting J. K. Rowling’s Cuckoo’s Calling; and Max Allan Collins’s Quarry series from Hard Case Crime has had a successful run on Cinemax. The NAR Press’s new Gas Station Pulp series is a part of the reemergence of this sometimes undervalued genre. We’ll announce the winner of our first annual novel prize in the Winter issue and open to new submissions in December.This year the city of Cedar Falls, Iowa, longtime home of the NAR, is celebrating with a yearlong festival five of its most prominent local authors: Bess Streeter Aldrich, Ruth Suckow, James Hearst, Robert James Waller, and Nancy Price. We’re joining in the celebration by reprinting the NAR’s Fall 1974 James Hearst tribute issue. Order your copy online. 
Also you’ll find Stephen J. Gaies’s incisive review of Patrick Hicks’s remarkable The Commandant of Lubizec. To mark Holocaust and Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, we’ll be publishing more work in our Spring issue by Stephen, who directs the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. You’ll see some familiar names in this issue—Jennifer Militello, Michael Kriesel, Gregory Fraser—alongside newcomers like Clay Whisler, who draws inspiration from Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants.” Finally, we’re pleased to announce the results of the third annual Torch Prize. Judge Dinty W. Moore selected K. S. Phillips’s illuminating essay “Eight Hours, with Cow” as the winner and Refael Paul Arenson’s charming “Splendor” as runner-up.

              —GT & JDS

 

ART

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Aldous Huxley: Brave New World [mixed media] • Gary Kelley

Swims [ink, digital] • Catherine Byun


Growing [digital] • Brianne Burnell


Spears and sneers [pen and ink, Photoshop] • Jared Rogness
 

FICTION

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Origins • Mel King

Listening to Apples • Warren Jones

Elephant in the Room • Clay Whisler
 

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Eight Hours, with Cow • K. S. Phillips

Splendor • Refael Paul Arenson

Confluence • Taylor Brorby
 

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The Asethetics of Dairy Farming • Ellie Tipton

The Landscape of Separation • Kendra Tanacea

​Ronald Reagan • Elisabeth Farrell

The Cloth Room • G. C. Waldrep

​The Conversions of the Body • Al Maginnes

I Love My Wife But the Problem Is • Gregory Fraser

A Guide to Wild Flowers • Laura McCullough

What Is The Body • Hannah Dow

For When You Are Down About Various Ignominious Fates• Paul Guest

Ode to Superstition • Jennifer Militello

​In the Rainshadow of Whom • Jennifer Militello

​Meditation • Trenton Pollard

On Faith: “What If It’s Broken?” • Michael Hurley

 Leaves of Grass Lipogram • Michael Kriesel

​The Day Her Speech Was Slurred • Cathryn Cofell

​Sunlight • Emily Vogel

Gone Of • Emily Vogel 

The Hunger Artist • Carolina Hotchandani

​Around Phelps Lake • David Salner 

Hapa Song • Michael Prior

Listening to Words • Jeff Hardin 

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Review of The Commandant of Lubizec • Stephen J. Gaies

​Synecdoche: Brief Book Reviews • Rachel Morgan

Crosscuts: Brief DVD Reviews • Grant Tracey

Making Life Matter [Past Perfect] • Chris Johnson
 

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