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Who is Treeman? Who is Lizardwoman? What brings them together? More than you'd think.


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take a step back
"People never stopped going to the cliff, despite its recent tragedy, because in a land stuck in a time warp, old habits died exceptionally hard."
Illustration by Samuel Hamilton
Fast food and jazz
"I remember thinking: I have his number. But people like Warren Flanagan just don’t come across the same over the phone."
not quite a jar of hearts
"Moonlight reflects your bones and riddles climb your spine, whispers of a love once craved ..."
Pay attention! Look at me! Love me! Like me.
green eyes
"The only difference is that for him, the poison is literal, and for me, the poison is him."
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"My recumbent body rises from the bed and floats in a quite familiar cube of darkness – my apartment studio."
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From writing: "In the year I turned seventeen, Nourishment became reversed. Addicted to consuming, Swiping, never swallow."
Father and Son
From Writing: How a father and son navigate a relationship separated by thousands of miles.
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Where we come from
There is a great thrill in considering where we come from, and these writers have chosen to share this thrill with the world.
A dancer sent in a haiku each block; we watched his ability to speak coherently deteriorate.
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the final pages
"I may shiver in pain, but I will be screaming in joy for the most part ... I just declared expiration of my military service today."
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Not home for Christmas
As part of the series on Camp Carroll, Walter Ko tells his story about his punishment of remaining on the base alone during Christmas.
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lost in translation
"But no combination of alphabets, Romanized words nor grammatical sentences strung together could embody my Korean thoughts. I could only love her in a mediocre translation of what I actually felt."
Will you keep me company, she says, will you stay the night?
Photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Shawn Hussong / Wikimedia Commons
Grab me a bud!
"It is, in a sense, a guilty pleasure to have someone suffering with me."

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