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Unexpected Friendships: Remembering Sylvia Plath

The summer before my senior year of college, I found an unexpected friend in Esther Greenwood, the protagonist of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. As I tore through the novel, I was captivated by the plights of this young woman, many of which—her abashed sense of self-identity, failed romantic exploits, and apprehension for the future—mirrored my own internal struggles. Having been rejected by every journalism internship program I’d applied to, I too was fighting an uphill battle against malaise and disillusionment, and I found comfort in Esther’s woes, in our shared difficulty to understand our place in the world. But […]

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Concord, Virginia, by Peter Neofotis

The yarn-like stories that make up this debut collection recount the life of an imagined town in northern Virginia. Unlike a traditional collection, Neofotis chooses an oral storytelling method to structure these stories, utilizing the conceit that the narrator is not just the vehicle through which we are relayed the narrative but an actual character himself, one who sits down beside us to spool out poignant stories, juicy pieces of gossip, and far-fetched legends from his small town.