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Frederic Tuten
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Frederic Tuten
Frederic Tuten is the author of five novels, including Tintin in the New World (William Morrow/Black Classic Press); The Adventures of Mao on the Long March (Citadel/New Directions); Van Gogh’s Bad Café (William Morrow/Black Classic Press); Tallien: A Brief Romance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Black Classic Press); and The Green Hour; as well as a book of interwoven short stories, Self-Portraits: Fictions (both W. W. Norton). He is the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes and an O’Henry Prize for fiction. His memoir, My Young Life (Simon & Schuster), is coming out in March 2019.

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Vol. 78
Fear Itself
Spring 2022
Edited by Bradford Morrow

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May 18, 2022
Still Life With Flying Sombreros

Three sombreros hung on pegs in a cantina, where their owners stood at a bar, soaking in the tequila. The sombreros got to talking and soon discovered they all despised their owners. “My man,” a sombrero said, “came home drunk every night and beat his wife and children with a hard stick he kept just for that purpose.” Another sombrero confessed that his owner sat on a porch and shot cats that had strayed into his garden. He skinned the cats and displayed their pelts over the fireplace.
May 11, 2022
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Someone nodding, and the light pressing down
as though it had weight.
And right in the middle of what I want to say
there’s a long row of chairs. There are green,
red, yellow arches that gradually contract
and close, like doors.
Like a disease whose threshold no one can cross,
she says.
May 4, 2022
Once upon a time, there was only Olga and me, as well as our old dog, Boji, in a big house we inherited from our parents, whose food we had slowly been poisoning in a span of at least a year. Our parents blamed their “chronic illness” on inclement weather, on the “heathens” who played rock music next door, sometimes on “cursed” and “possessed” appliances and furniture.
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