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Tales to Terrify has posted a wonderful podcast of “Not All the Coal That Is Dug Warms the World,” a story by Steve Toase that we published earlier in Not One of Us #54. I love Martin Reyto’s voice and the way it conveys the protagonist’s plight. I also appreciate the generous and visible crediting, as well as the link to our website. The reading of the story starts at the 14:31 mark.
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The Chandler Estate (a favorite band of mine) posted on Facebook a YouTube video of a 1997 concert by Mad Planets. The singer and bassist is Tara Needham, now a member of The Chandler Estate. The concert took place in Port Jefferson, Long Island (NY), where a long-long time ago my mother was born. The sound quality is predictably poor (Tara’s voice mike is barely audible at times), but it’s a lot of fun and well worth watching.
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As you can see, I have started an account here at Dreamwidth. I have copied everything relevant I can think of from my Live Journal account to this one. I don’t yet know how to invite friends to my DW account, so this could be clunky for some time, but I don’t post very often anyway and presumably I’ll learn.
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“We return. A woman rewinds her life, and a couple revisits a cabin in the woods. We have a magic bullet and an army of ghosts, a voice from the past and a back to the wall, a protective tattoo, people in pieces, and a letter from the dead.”


Don’t Look Back, by Gwynne Garfinkle
Wednesday’s Mail (poem), by Holly Day
Andromache (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Scott and Lara Go to the Woods, by Gillian Daniels
Voice from the Tree (poem), by K.S. Hardy
Back to the Wall (poem), by Neal Wilgus
The Magic Touch (poem), by Malcolm Morris
One-Soldier Army of Ghosts, by Robert N. Stephenson
A Letter to the Dead (poem), by Josh Pearce
Trauma Tattoo, by Billie Hinton
Superdrug, by Bentley Allen Reese
Twelfth Night: Joan in the Quarter (poem), by Diane Unterweger
Art: John Stanton (cover), Allen Koszowski, Sonya Taaffe

We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies in a few days.
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“People who need care sometimes find it in strange places. In this collection, people variously get care from a cabal of busybodies, a demon hand in a suitcase, a dead girl spouting Moby Dick, and a stone filling in as psychiatrist. We have food you can’t eat, spiders on the ceiling, conversation and cardboard boxes, chalk outlines, and free things that come with a cost.”


Nice and Tuesday, by Patricia Russo
The Conversation (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Old Tom Bedloe (poem), by Herb Kauderer
Did You Pack Your Own Case?, by Dan Crawford
Spider on the Ceiling (poem), by Kent Kruse
Repast (poem), by Davian Aw
Joyride, by Matthew Brockmeyer
Chalk Outline (poem), by Neal Wilgus
Doctor Stone, by Francesca Forrest
Free Universe (poem), by Gene Twaronite
Art: John Stanton

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Here’s the standard account of my publications for the year.

Magazine issues and collections (editor and publisher)

Go Now, January 2016.

Not One of Us #55, April 2016.

Not One of Us #56, October 2016.

Journal articles

Robert J. Blendon and John M. Benson, “Income Inequality: The Public and the Partisan Divide,” Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs, 2016;59(1):4-11.

Robert J. Blendon and John M. Benson, “Partisan Divide over Income Inequality Makes Reducing It Even Harder,” The Conversation, April 13, 2016.

Robert J. Blendon, Mary T. Gorski, and John M. Benson, “The Public and the Gene-editing Revolution,” New England Journal of Medicine, 2016;374(15):1406-1411.

Robert Blendon, Caitlin McMurtry, John Benson, and Justin Sayde, “The Opioid Abuse Crisis Is a Rare Area of Bipartisan Consensus,” Health Affairs Blog, September 12, 2016.

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, and Logan S. Casey, “Health Care in the 2016 Election – A View Through Voters’ Polarized Lenses,” New England Journal of Medicine, 2016;375(17):e37(1-8).

Kirstin Woody Scott, Robert J. Blendon, and John M. Benson, “Sick of Health Care Politics? Comparing Views of Quality of Care Between Democrats and Republicans,” Journal for Healthcare Quality, 2016;38(6):e39-e51.

Joachim Hero, Caitlin McMurtry, John Benson, and Robert Blendon, “Discussing Opioid Risks with Patients to Reduce Misuse and Abuse: Evidence from 2 Surveys,” Annals of Family Medicine, 2016;14(6):575-577.

Loren Saulsberry, Robert J. Blendon, and John M. Benson, “Challenges Confronting African Americans and Hispanics Living with Chronic Illness in Their Families,” Chronic Illness, 2016;12(4):281-291.
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Anke recently returned to fiction writing after a long time away, and now her story “Eighty-Eight” is online in the debut issue of Unnerving. (By the way, the link to Unnerving doesn't always seem to work. I can never find it during weekends from my laptop, but I can access it on weekdays from my computer at work.)

Over the years, mainly during the late 1980s and 1990s, more than 80 of Anke’s stories were published in such magazines as Cemetery Dance, Woman’s World, Grue, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Palace Corbie, and Haunts, and in the collection Women of the West.

Her Gothic novel, A Haven in Winter, was published in 1991 by Berkley/Jove. You’ll notice that her name appears on the cover as “Anne” rather than “Anke” Kriske. That was because the editors wanted to be sure that readers knew the author was a woman, because Gothics by men don’t sell as well. I suspect it was also because they were worried their publicity people would screw up her real name.

Those familiar with our family life know why Anke’s fiction career was on hold for so long, so there’s no need to go into detail here. During the time away, she has worked as a writing instructor and an autism advocate, in addition to taking care of our autistic son.
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“Welcome to our thirtieth-anniversary issue. We have gods and ghosts, wraiths and harlequins, a monster, a maze, and Mars, reds and rusalkas, a lost girl’s lost father, bones and stones and boxes.”


The Drowned Carnival, by Mat Joiner
Ghost Ships of the Middlesex Canal (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Now That Sarah Is Gone, by Tim L. Williams
The Vigilant (poem), by Lynette Mejía
Eat, Pray, Wait, by David Stevens
God’s Bones, by Jennifer Crow
Wraith (poem), by Erik Amundsen
Lamp Beside the Golden Door (poem), by Beth Cato
Rusalka (poem), by Sandi Leibowitz
In a Room, by Nicole Tanquary
Playing the Reds (poem), by Herb Kauderer
Team Orderly Mars, by David Ebenbach
The Monster in the Maze (poem), by Alexandra Seidel
When the Stones Hungered for Kin, by Patricia Russo
The Box (poem), by Holly Day
Art: John Stanton

NOU 56 cover Medium

We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies next week.

If you want to order a copy right away, go to our website.
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Our beloved cat died last weekend. There’s never been another like her, and we all miss her. I was going to write a bio of how much she meant to us, but I probably shouldn’t do that to myself.

Sheeba Painting

Portrait by John Stanton, based on a 2014 photo by John Benson.
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Fire and rain: this issue is pretty elemental. We have a volcano and a torch, oak and ash, a horse of fire; drizzle and flood, the ill in search of a fountain, fast-moving shadows, a drought and a water cure that’s worse. More: druids and voices old, an oracle, an aria, and a portal in the mouth, missing labs and carnivores picked clean, daughters and dead silence. Plus roller derby.”


A Drizzle Still Counts As Rain, by Patricia Russo
The Nihilist’s Prayer (poem), by Laura Sloan Patterson
The Choices of Foxes, by Sonya Taaffe
Started Small (poem), by David Kopaska-Merkel
The Oracle Sings a Torch Song, by Gillian Daniels
Daughter of Oak and Ash (poem), by Deborah Guzzi
A Voice Old (poem), by K.S. Hardy
The Water Cure, by Alexander Leger-Small
The Daughter Who Left (poem), by Holly Day
Art: John Stanton

cover NOU 55 300

We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies this week.

If you want to order a copy right away, go to our website.
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“You can decide to go, or someone else will decide for you. To paraphrase a poem, our protagonists carry sins like a passport. One busts out his captive car, another walks down to find her Bird. One goes backwards through swords, while children crawl through a coffin to be healed. And a stubborn woman fights a losing battle against becoming something ‘better.’ Whatever the means, you’re sure enough going to go. Now.”


Do You Know What Happened, by Patricia Russo
Sarcophagus of Healing (poem), by John Philip Johnson
Harlequin and Bird, by Mat Joiner
Anybody That Looked Like That (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
The Red Round Eye of War, by Erik Amundsen
Sister Agnes Tells About the Crocodile (poem), by Laura Sloan Patterson
M, by Russell Hemmell
The Skin Changer (poem), by Alexandra Seidel
Underdown (poem), by Neal Wilgus
Cars, by Joe Scott
Wallpaper (poem), by Michelle Watters
Art: John Stanton

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“Don’t get out much? Here’s just the thing for you: a home body issue. We have a skeptical owner of a home that’s grown a miraculous (uh) growth, a lottery winner who doesn’t go out except for trouble and finds a body back home, a man whose body hosts minerals for harvest, a rag house, bugs on a window, home fires burning, folks choking on cherry blossoms from the inside out, and old lovers living in each other’s past.”


Marvels and Wonders, by Patricia Russo
Bugs on a Window in Arkansas (poem), by Heather Dorn
A Cherry Without a Stone, by Sonya Taaffe
Even a Loser Can Win, by S. L. Bickley
Sunshine on the Rubble (poem), by Holly Day
Rag House (poem), by Phylinda Moore
Not All the Coal That Is Dug Warms the World, by Steve Toase
He Was Cut Off (poem), by Anne Babson
First Offence (poem), by Neal Wilgus
Snowflake (poem), by Anna Sykora
The Night Queen, by Gillian Daniels
The Old Road, by Yoon Ha Lee
Walk the Wing (poem), by Erik Amundsen
Keep the Home Fires Burning (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Art: John Stanton (cover), Yoon Ha Lee

NOU 54

We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies this week.

If you want to order a copy right away, go to our new website: http://not-one-of-us.pub/about/subscribe/
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“Welcome to our broken issue. We have broken trees and broken glass, a foundling and a changeling, a demon lover, a lost leader losing his head, and two trapped women smashing the lock(et). Our poets speak of cold breezes and blackened blossoms, lute strings and chains of gold, broken factories, bodies side by side and waiting, the chime of coins, and ancient waves breaking over our heads.”


Locket, by Patricia Russo
Day, Sun, Night (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
When the Queen of Afrits Took Three Steps in the Sand (poem), by Alexandra Seidel
Half the War Is a Memory of Trees, by Mat Joiner
When Can a Broken Glass Mend?, by Sonya Taaffe
The Field (poem), by Alex Harper
First Morning of the Last Man Alive (poem), by Kent Kruse
Foundling, by JD DeLuzio
I even recall the cold breeze (Mercer Bears hoops 3:16) (poem), by CEE
The Path, by E. G. I. Whitworth
Ammonite (12” Mix) (poem), by Mat Joiner
Pripyat (poem), by J. C. Runolfson
Art: John Stanton

NOU 53 cover
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If you want to order a copy right away, go to our new website: http://not-one-of-us.pub/about/subscribe/
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For anyone who might have been trying to submit stories or poems to Not One of Us, only to have their emails bounce undelivered, here’s the scoop. Our former website, with its attached email, was sold out from under us on February 26. As you can imagine, this brought operations here pretty much to a standstill.

But we now have a new domain, and our son Karl (who designed the original website when he was 16) is in the process of creating a new website to go there. Not having a website for the moment is inconvenient, but it’s not a killer, because our magazine is published in hardcopy, not on the website. It’s the new email address that’s crucial.

We now have a functioning email address where people can send submissions: john@not-one-of-us.pub (rather than .com, like the old one).

It’s probably going to take some time before many people know the new email address, especially people who had been submitting to the old one. They would have no reason, and little opportunity, to find the new address, and would probably just assume that the magazine has folded. This will have a negative effect on submissions, at least in the short run, but we can build back up.

In the meantime, we have been able with help from our friends to finish assembling the contents for what we think will be a terrific new issue. (The issue was almost complete when the old website/email went down, and we needed only one more story and one more poem to finish it.)

Not One of Us #53 will be out in about 4-5 weeks.

And that email address again is: john@not-one-of-us.pub.

Thanks to everyone for your patience.
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“No one knows for certain when our title song was written, but during World War II it became a (sort of) patriotic ode to allied soldiers, often sung with profane lyrics. Its relevance here is that we have one long story and four short ones, including one about a mountain. The cover art captures the long and the short of it. And we have animals: dogs and cats and cranes—some speaking, others mute—butterflies and loons.”


Jenny Almost and the Professional Botherers, by Patricia Russo
Him (poem), by Michael Mark
Why Animals Don’t Talk (poem), by Anne Carly Abad
—the butterfly screamed!, by William J Fedigan
Outside (poem), by Malcolm Morris
I Love You Like a Mountain, by Sonya Taaffe
The Rise of a Yellow Sun (poem), by Kent Kruse
Not Around, by Daniel W. Thompson
Good Luck (poem), by Neal Wilgus
Ragged Limbed and Hungry, by Leslie J. Anderson
The Crane Husband (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Art: John Stanton

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Here’s the standard account of my publications for the year.

Magazine issues and collections (editor and publisher)

Coping, January 2014.

Not One of Us #51, April 2014.

Not One of Us #52, October 2014.

Journal articles

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, Mary T. Gorski, Kathleen J. Weldon, Debra J. Pérez, Frederick Mann, and Carolyn E. Miller. “The Economic Lives of Latinos in the United States.” Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs, 57(2):5-25; March/April 2014.

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, Mary T. Gorski, Kathleen J. Weldon, Debra J. Pérez, Frederick Mann, Carolyn E. Miller, and Eran N. Ben-Porath. “The Perspectives of Six Latino Heritage Groups about Their Health Care,” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, e-pub, 10.1007/s10903-014-0078-8; July 23, 2014.

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, and Joachim O. Hero. “Public Trust in Physicians — U.S. Medicine in International Perspective.” New England Journal of Medicine, 371(17):1570-1572, doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1407373; October 23, 2014.

Robert J. Blendon and John M. Benson. “Voters and the Affordable Care Act in the 2014 Election.” New England Journal of Medicine, 371(2):e31(1-7), DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsr1412118; November 13, 2014.
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“And now for something completely different, our alternative issue. We have a woman looking for an alternative to absence, a narrative of doubtful historicity, a restitching of history, a choice between staying and going, and a daughter whose history seems written into the fabric of reality; not to mention mushrooms and sleep-weed to take us to another place.”


Starred Up, by Finn Clarke
The Bryomancer (poem), by Mat Joiner
Like Milkweed, by Sonya Taaffe
Andy Phillips and the Jones Sisters, by Francesca Forrest
Graveyard: 28 July 2014 (poem), by Liz Bourke
Mountain of Bone (poem), by K. S. Hardy
Vow (poem), by Adrienne Odasso
The Wild and Hungry Times, by Patricia Russo
Another Rubicon (poem), by Neal Wilgus
Stream (poem), by Malcolm Morris
The Gold-Farmer’s Daughter, by Andy Dudak
The Antiquities of Herculaneum (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Art: John Stanton

We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies this week.

If you want to order a copy right away, the easiest way is to email me to get my PayPal address, or send a check to my postal address. You can get information on the price of copies and subscriptions, as well as my email and postal addresses here.
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“We might have called this our ‘autumn issue,’ but here in the northern hemisphere that would have been a confusing name for an April publication. So instead we’ll say the theme is not dead yet. We have a woman defying her own personal death, a man living the puzzle of the not-quite-dead, and a washer cleansing all precious griefs; one who lives in a court of rust and another who waits to step through the walls while the shadows last. If you’re not dead yet, you can dream that you’ve woken up and gone outside; but be careful, there’s something in the garden that doesn’t want to stay there. And especially for the not yet dead, ‘autumn is the true alchemist.’”


A Portrait in Rust, by Mat Joiner
Relics (poem), by Lynn Hardaker
Death Defying Stunts, by Gillian Daniels
Similes (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Sudoku for Dead People, by Chris Bell
Journey of the Worker Bee (poem), by normal
Cosmovore at Coney Island (poem), by Kristi Carter
The True Alchemist, by Sonya Taaffe
Tatters (poem), by Sandi Leibowitz
Something We Could Do, by Patricia Russo
Bean-Nighe: The Washer at the Ford (poem), by Neile Graham
Art: John Stanton

We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies this week.

If you want to order a copy right away, the easiest way is to email me to get my PayPal address, or send a check to my postal address. You can get information on the price of copies and subscriptions, as well as my email and postal addresses here.
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I recently rediscovered some photos I had taken while a group of us in eleventh grade made a silent film version of Bret Harte’s “The Boom in the ‘Calaveras Clarion.’” I had some of the photos reproduced electronically so I could share them.

“It all began innocently enough” when my best-friend-at-school, Carol, and I decided that we wanted to make a short film for our American Studies class. The idea of American Studies was to learn American history parallel to American literature, two class periods a day. Carol and I chose Harte’s story, which we had read for class, because it was manageable in length and appropriate for black-and-white silent filming. (We left out the parts that struck us as racist.)

We were soon joined by Alison, who found the period costumes, and we recruited other people in our class to carry out the project. First, we drafted Henry, who had a camera (this was a long time ago, so it was probably a Super 8 or some such), as cinematographer. The four main characters were played by Michael (Mr. Dimmidge), Hilary (Mrs. Dimmidge), Bob L. (interim editor of the Clarion), and Bob C. (printer). Although I was probably the most experienced actor, I played only bit roles because I was suffering one of the worst cases of acne in recorded teenagedom. Carol, who also had acting experience, didn’t appear in the film at all, because she was the film’s director and (with me) co-producer and screenwriter.

Here are Michael, Bob L., and Bob C. in costume.

I had been in a field ecology class the summer before, and I knew of an old nature-center cabin we could use for two days to film the main story. Later, we shot two other scenes, which were not in Harte’s original story. In one, filmed in Steve’s parents’ basement, I was the (arm of the) bartender who helps the interim editor get drunk because of a plot development. We also shot a scene at the Fairfield (CT) train station, a turn-of-that-century brick building. Carol’s younger brother played a newspaper boy who gets pilloried by upset readers. I was one of the angry crowd, dressed in what later might have been called grunge attire. Henry stood on the New Haven Railroad tracks to film the scene, while Carol served as trainspotter so he didn’t get squashed while looking through the camera.

We showed the film at an assembly for the entire student body of Andrew Warde High School. The film has long since gone the way of most celluloid.

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“The world is full of things we have to cope with. In this volume, people face freezing cold and nothingness, disease, loneliness, and recent post-apocalypse, with a bug in the brain and lost on the wrong side of town. Characters cope whatever way they can: telling a comfort lie, collecting shoes of the dead, cherishing a moment of sunlight, taking photos of ruined buildings, non-standard use of espresso, or good old-fashioned soup, by tying up the threat or writing out a curse.”

Coping contents:

In the Whiteness, by Patricia Russo
L’Inconnue de la Seine (poem), by J. C. Runolfson
The Ballad of Mr. Bones, by Katie McDermott
Clear (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
The Brook Beneath the Willow Tree, by Diane Dooley
Good Night, Sophia, by Addison Clift
The Bug in Bob’s Brain, by Joe Geglio
Banshee in the Basement (poem), by K. S. Hardy
Of Pumpkin Soup and Other Demons, by Natalia Theodoridou
Defixio (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Art: John Stanton

We’ll be mailing copies soon.

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