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April Bernard: Ghastly but possibly interesting

Alvin Lightman’s life first touched mine when both of us were staying at Holdon House Facility upstate. Formerly it was Holdon Hospital, before that Holdon Asylum, and called variously by those who have worked and lived there, among other witticisms, Hold It, The Hold, and Hold On I’m Coming. That I had “committed myself” was […]

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Pushkin Hills, by Sergei Dovlatov

At noon we pulled into Luga. We stopped at the station square and the tour guide adjusted her tone from a lofty to an earthier one: “There to the left are the facilities…” My neighbor pricked up his ears. “You mean the restroom?” He nagged me the entire trip: “A bleaching agent, six letters? An […]

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Jesse Ball, “Silence Once Begun”

The Mother of the Accused I said to him, I said: When you were four, your father and I had a thought that we should perhaps travel to different waterfalls, that it might be a good thing to see all the waterfalls we could. So, we began to go to waterfalls whenever we had a […]

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“The Mission,” by Joy Williams

A Mr. Hill was doing my paperwork. “What will you take away from this experience?” he asked me. I looked at him, a little wildly, I guess. “What do you think you will learn from the incarceration experience?” he said. “I don’t know,” I said. Mr. Hill wore a pink shirt and looked tired. His […]

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For Epiphany, Patricia Storace

Like Homer, Ovid, and Dante, Patricia Storace, in her new novel The Book of Heaven, has produced a great harmonizing of myths into a single cosmic tale. Unlike these forbears, her ear is attuned to the myths outside our hearing—the ones neglected by the bards, inscribed in constellations beyond our horizon. For Epiphany today, our […]

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“Quitting Time,” by Caleb Crain

In the empty room, he slowly wiped clean the blackboard. Before he remembered that Edgar might have notes in his satchel, it was too late to look at them: a girl was hesitating in the doorway. “Come in,” said Bernard. “Where’s Mr. Price?” “He’s not feeling well.” “He’s sick,” she said, interpreting. She scooted herself […]

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Introducing Young Rader

This week in Little Star Weekly we feature the first of a three-part serial of “Passage,” a story by Young Rader. Read it also in the forthcoming Little Star #5 (2014) available here for a special pre-publication price. • The family did not live far from Mammoth Cave. In 1773, the great-grandfather brought his wife and son […]

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“My Crazy Century,” by Ivan Klíma

Sometime before Christmas we were paid a visit by Vlasta Kratochvílová. This woman, my father told me beforehand, was the bravest person he knew. She had risked her life many times over—to deliver mail to Terezín, to acquire needed medicines, and even to procure weapons. I was expecting a heroic-looking woman, but when she arrived […]

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“So Long Dos Passos,” Pavel Lembersky

It’s just that long long ago we lived in a city by the sea where in the summertime our bodies tanned brown as chocolate. We started smoking early and in July we would entertain ourselves by flipping our cigarette butts off the balcony and making bets on whether they’d land on the sidewalk or hang […]

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Stig Dagerman in New York

Little Star is pleased to be taking part in an evening at Scandinavia House on October 22 celebrating the work of the extraordinary writer, Stig Dagerman, featured this week in Little Star Weekly. After a childhood marked by violence and abandonment, Dagerman found his vocation as a writer by joining up as a teenager with […]

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