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

Magazine issues and collections (editor and publisher)

Lost and Lonely, January 2013.

Not One of Us #49, April 2013.

Not One of Us #50, October 2013.

Journal articles

Michael D. Botta, Robert J. Blendon, and John M. Benson. “Cost Effectiveness Decision-Making and US Public Opinion.” JAMA Internal Medicine, doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.11332; October 7, 2013.

Robert J. Blendon and John M. Benson. “The Public and the Conflict over Future Medicare Spending.” New England Journal of Medicine, 369(11):1066-1073; September 12, 2013.

Elizabeth M. Wikler, Robert J. Blendon, and John M. Benson. “Would You Want to Know? Public Attitudes on Early Diagnostic Testing for Alzheimer’s Disease.” Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy, 5(5):43(1-11); doi: 10.1186/alzrt206; September 6, 2013.
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“We’re calling this one deep time, and not just because it’s our fiftieth issue. We have tree ferns and giant dragonflies, carboniferous in a carboy, cheerful gentlemen with a bone-bead bracelet, a mother who won’t let them take her son away, a monster chosen, and a last organic. Our poets give us a ninth wave and a kingless kingdom, a bone-built world and a world of silence, a bagel shop to the multiverse, fissure-filling ivy, and a memory of trees.”

Contents:

The Fernery, by Mat Joiner
Ivy (poem), by Adrienne J. Odasso
The World That Is Silence (poem), by Alexandra Seidel
The Society of Cheerful Gentlemen, by Patricia Russo
Blót (poem), by Gemma Files
The Bone-Built World (poem), by Dominik Parisien
The Watching, by Jacob Ian DeCoursey
The Bagel Shop Across the Street (poem), by David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans
Interventions, by Clancy Flynn
Nash at Wittenham (poem), by Mat Joiner
And Black Unfathomable Lakes, by Sonya Taaffe
The Hundred Under the Sea (poem), by Jeannelle D’Isa
Art: John Stanton

Issue 50 960pw Sabon

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.

Wedding

May. 11th, 2013 01:25 pm
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On the morning of April 6, 2013, Johnathon and my older son Karl were wed at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield (MA). The ceremony was originally to have been performed outdoors on the beautiful grounds and in the bright sunshine. But because the temperature was 35 degrees and a brisk breeze was blowing, the festivities were moved inside the Nature Center.

Nature was a theme throughout. Instead of a guest book, we all signed an Audubon print, which they intend to frame. Johnathon and Karl gave the attendees sugar maple saplings to carry home and plant, to grow with their relationship. I have two of them in my back yard.

The ceremony was conducted by a Justice of the Peace. Johnathon and Karl each read vows they had written themselves. The atmosphere was informal, but I felt a sense of communion that I don’t think I had ever experienced before, except at my own wedding. Everyone had a grand time.



More photos )
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The Not One of Us website and email were down for eight days (April 9-16) due to a pernicious domain-name problem. In effect, the website and email did not exist during that period, so all submissions were returned undeliverable to senders. My son Karl, who designed the website and who acts as our technical advisor, was finally able to fix the problem.

Everything is working now, so I ask everyone who tried to send us submissions during that period to re-send them. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Then there is this. Not One of Us has been listed as one of the “Top 10 Science Fiction Magazines” on Every Writer’s Resource.
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In this, our belonging issue, we have a young man who follows “the guy,” a dim girl who becomes part of an abusive “family,” townspeople sharing a sacrifice they hope will make all their lives better, burb boys and pixies trying to connect, and two people plotting to rescue a friend from a dangerous love. There are falling gods and faceless shape-shifters, an auditorium for autopsy and a welcome-home for dead cats, cave painters of dreams and a pyre cast in starstorm, a home for now or forever, safety in the foundering waves.

Contents:

We Were Real, by Josh Eure
Delenda (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Little Bell, the Beasley Boys, and a Long Road Home, by Tim L. Williams
Shipwrecked (poem), by Adrienne J. Odasso
Tithe of Days, by Francesca Forrest
This Abandoned Sphere (poem), by David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans
Connectivity, by J. Rohr
No Face to Call Its Own (poem), by G. O. Clark
Post Trauma (poem), by Leslie Anderson
Cat Lady (poem), by Beth Cato
Nothing Good Can Come of This, by Patricia Russo
Earthsong (poem), by Alexandra Seidel
Art: John Stanton



We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies this week.
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“We have partners who lose things for a living (and what they lose stays lost), the captain of a ship in the desert, a lonely boy not so safe within his room, absurd death threats and names written on a wall, a ghost gardener and the pain of passing.”

Lost and Lonely contents:

Losing, by Patricia Russo
Absurd Death Threat (poem), by J. J. Steinfeld
Ghost Gardening, by John Zaharick
Passing (poem), by Malcolm Morris
Skin Trade (poem), by K. S. Hardy
The Boat on the Plain, by Matthew Marinett
Catullus V.101 (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Atque in Perpetuum (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Jason’s Roommate, by Philip Roberts
IN dreams i’m MAD, have VISIONS (poem), by Tom Pescatore
John Stanton (cover), Teresa Tunaley

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

Magazine issues and collections (editor and publisher)

Under Review, January 2012.

Not One of Us #47, April 2012.

Not One of Us #48, October 2012.

Journal articles

Minah Kang Kim, Robert J. Blendon, and John M. Benson. "What Is Driving People's Dissatisfaction with Their Own Health Care in Seventeen Latin American Countries?" Health Expectations, doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2012.0077.x, April 19, 2012.

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, Michael D. Botta, Deborah Zeldow, and Minah Kang Kim. “A Four-Country Survey of Public Attitudes towards Restricting Healthcare Costs by Limiting the Use of High-Cost Medical Interventions.” BMJ [British Medical Journal] Open, 2(3):e001087, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001087, May 14, 2012.

Robert Blendon, Sara Abiola, and John Benson. “Evidence-Based Policymaking in a Polarized Environment: Can IPAB Bridge the Gap?” Health Affairs Blog, June 15, 2012.

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, Elizabeth M. Wikler, Kathleen J. Weldon, Jean Georges, Matthew Baumgart, and Beth A. Kallmyer. “The Impact of Experience with a Family Member with Alzheimer’s Disease on Views about the Disease across Five Countries.” International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, doi:10.1155/2012/903645, September 11, 2012.

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, and Amanda Brulé. “Understanding Health Care in the 2012 Election.” New England Journal of Medicine, doi: 10.1056/NEJMsr1211472, October 10, 2012.

Robert Blendon and John Benson. “The Public, Taxes, and the Fiscal Cliff.” Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs, 55(6):5-25, November/December 2012.

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, Michael D. Botta, and Kathleen J. Weldon. “Users’ Views of Dietary Supplements.” Archives of Internal Medicine, doi: 10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.311, November 19, 2012

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, and Amanda Brulé. “Implications of the 2012 Election for Health Care – The Voters’ Perspective.” New England Journal of Medicine, 367 (25):2443-2447, December 20, 2012.
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I just realized that I never posted this.

One story (“The Sweepers,” by Patricia Russo) and one poem (Sonya Taaffe’s “Incubation”) from Not One of Us #45 were honorable mentions in The Best Horror of the Year (BHY, edited by Ellen Datlow). In addition, one story (“A Wolf in Iceland Is the Child of a Lie,” by Sonya Taaffe) was an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy (edited by Rich Horton).

Two stories (“The House of Rejoicing,” by K.M. Ferebee, and “The Lily of the West,” by Erik Amundsen) and one poem (“Heart’s Delight,” by Mike Allen) from Not One of Us #46 were honorable mentions in BHY. Another poem (Anna Sykora’s “Dead Hotels”) from NOU #46 was nominated for a Rhysling Award.

Congratulations to all.
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This issue is a veritable land of opportunity. We have a resistance movement rallying behind a singer with an unusual talent, a young woman moving from taxidermy to the opportunity of a lifetime, a stowaway to gold mountain, a couple finally getting the chance to marry long denied them both in life and in death. Plus a purple-eyed cat and cake. Everything is better with cake. Our poets speak of dead air and dead fingers, silver bullets and unexploded ordnance, gingerbread houses and red-capped wayfarers.

Contents:

The Ash Singer, by Mat Joiner
Size 8 (poem), by Holly Day
Dead Air for the River Stones (poem), by Erik Amundsen
Heaven’s Lot, by J.R. Johnson
Siege Mentalist (poem), by F.J. Bergmann
Gold Mountain, by Anna Sykora
Danger UXO (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
More Fun with Cake, by Patricia Russo
Natural Phenomena (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
My Kitchen (poem), by John Grey
A Perfect Wedded Bliss, by Mark Rigney
Twitch the Witch (poem), by K.S. Hardy
Redcap (poem), by Gemma Files
Art: John Stanton



Not One of Us #48 will be available from Chris Drumm Books, or you can order a copy or subscription right now directly from me .

We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies this week.
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In this, our latest issue, things are not as they seem. We have walls with voices and zoos with mirrors, living dead and sex with ghosts, breasts with blue hair and beasts not quite unicorns, the dead as comfort in despair and angels as messengers of doom, health for the waiting and a secretly shared cortex.

Contents:

The Glass Presence, by Daniel Kaysen
Classroom Wall, with Voice (poem), by Lucas Strough
The Living Dead (poem), by Amanda C. Davis
When the Blue Hairs Grow, by Patricia Russo
Reiselied (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Here at the End of All Things, by Francesca Forrest
Twa Sisters, by Mike Allen
The Hero’s Journey (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Universal Engines (for Christopher Morcom) (poem), by Jeannelle Ferreira
Dr. Crow (poem), by Jeff Jeppesen
The Waiting, by A.A. Garrison
Black Molly (poem), by Marigny Michel
Art: John Stanton



Not One of Us #47 will be available from Chris Drumm Books, or you can order a copy or subscription right now directly from me .

We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies this week.
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The title of this, the latest of our annual Not One of Us special publications, speaks to its dual nature. “Under” is the theme of the art, stories, and poetry. We have blue clay hidden under dead earth, a present not found under a tree, and two people trapped beneath the waves, a wordy monster and a stealthy coyotl, the kouros of Poseidon, a gnome hiding in shadow, and a long lost love. And we have under review two outstanding new collections from Papaveria Press: Patricia Russo’s Shiny Thing and Sonya Taaffe’s A Mayse-Bikhl.

Under Review contents:

Piscky’s Ascent, by Kate Murray
The Gnome (poem), by K.S. Hardy
Wordy, by Lake William Wharton
Coyotle (poem), by R L Raymond
A Long Lost Love (poem), by Kent Kruse
Review of Patricia Russo’s Shiny Thing, by Francesca Forrest
Review of Sonya Taaffe’s A Mayse-Bikhl, by Erik Amundsen
Theseid (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Blue Clay, by Patricia Russo
The Present, by Alarice K. Breidert
Art: Teresa Tunaley (cover), Allen Koszowski, Kathleen Weldon

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

Magazine issues and collections (editor and publisher)

Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing, January 2011.

Not One of Us #45, April 2011.

Not One of Us #46, October 2011.

Journal articles

Robert J. Blendon, Minah Kang Kim, and John M. Benson, “The Public, Political Parties, and Stem-Cell Research,” New England Journal of Medicine, 365 (November 17, 2011): 1853-1856.

Robert Blendon and John Benson, “Partisan Conflicts among the Public on the Economy and Budget Deficit in 2011,” Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs, 54 (September/October 2011): 5-17.

Sara E. Abiola, Richard Gonzales, Robert J. Blendon, and John Benson, “Survey in Sub-Saharan Africa Shows Substantial Support for Government Efforts to Improve Health Services,” Health Affairs, 30 (August 2011): 1478-1487.

Robert J. Blendon and John M. Benson, “The Public’s Views about Medicare and the Budget Deficit,” New England Journal of Medicine, 365 (July 28, 2011): e8(1-4).
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Some things are planted to grow, others buried for good...or ill. We have lilies of the West, lilies of the Nile, honey and bees and missing buds. But here, too, are a beast beneath the basement, an underwater city, and dead hotels, memories of loss and memories sold. And all around are angels and giants (baseball anyone?), cats and ghosts.

Contents:

They Were Doing Okay, by Patricia Russo
Sheydim-tants (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
The House of Rejoicing, by K.M. Ferebee
Dead Hotels (poem), by Anna Sykora
Heart’s Delight (poem), by Mike Allen
The Lily of the West (Blue Vervain Murder Ballad #5), by Erik Amundsen
Humpty’s Wife Remembers (poem), by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
Tabula Rasa, by Ray Cluley
Eating the Ghosts (poem), by Jeannelle Ferreira
Giant, by Rose Lemberg
Infectious Paranoia (poem), by Trina Gaynon
Cemetery Theater (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Art: John Stanton (cover), Kathleen Weldon



Not One of Us #46 will be available from Chris Drumm Books.and BBR Distribution, or you can order a copy or subscription right now directly from me .

We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies later this week.
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Come inside to see the unseen, or barely seen. We have private darkness and hidden places, a drug’s eye view, eyes taped shut, and a dead man watching, eruptions from below and people down the drain, a missing scaly king and the child of a lie, shadows of you and shadows in the seas of the moon.

Contents:

The Sweepers, by Patricia Russo
The Hidden Places (poem), by K.S. Hardy
Understudy (poem), by Lee Clark Zumpe
A Wolf in Iceland Is the Child of a Lie, by Sonya Taaffe
A Storm at Night, and (poem), by Erin Hoffman
Mote, by Erik Amundsen
Birch (poem), by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back
The Candle Folk, by Phoebe Nir
Incubation (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Dead Man Watching, by Sunny Moraine
Down the Drain, by Francesca Forrest
Another Day (poem), by Malcolm Morris
I Bet Pliny the Elder Didn’t Cite His Sources, by Jason Maurer
Birds Fly (poem), by Holly Day
Art: John Stanton (cover), Francesca Forrest



Not One of Us #45 will be available from Chris Drumm Books.and BBR Distribution, or you can order a copy or subscription right now directly from me.

We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies later this week.
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“Love may be a hurtin’ thing, but not always in a bad way. Our protagonists love what they love, whether by shaping lives out of deaths, shredding barriers that separate them, or practicing to endure what the lover wants to give.”

Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing contents:

People Love What They Love, by Patricia Russo
Romance (poem), by Gale Acuff
Wrapped, by Caitlin Campbell
Inheritance (poem), by Dolorez Gomez
Waltzing the Tempest, by Jason S. Ridler
Forty-Fifth Birthday (poem), by Kent Kruse
Sefer Yetzirah (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Art: John Stanton



Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing is available from The Genre Mall. (Scroll down to the section about Not One of Us special collections.)
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Here’s the standard account of my publications for the year.

Magazine issues and collections (editor and publisher)

Hidden, January 2010.
Not One of Us #43, April 2010.
Not One of Us #44, October 2010.

Book

Robert J. Blendon, Mollyann Brodie, John M. Benson, and Drew E. Altman, American Public Opinion and Health Care (Washington, DC: CQ Press).

Journal articles

Tara Sussman Oakman, Robert J. Blendon, Andrea Louise Campbell, Alan M. Zaslavsky, and John M. Benson, “A Partisan Divide on the Uninsured,” Health Affairs 29 (April 2010): 706-711.

Robert J. Blendon and John M. Benson, “Public Opinion at the Time of the Vote on Health Care Reform,” New England Journal of Medicine 362 (April 22, 2010): e55(1-6).

Gillian SteelFisher, Kathleen Weldon, John M. Benson, and Robert J. Blendon, “Public Perceptions of Food Recalls and Production Safety: Two Surveys of the American Public,” Journal of Food Safety e-pub, June 28, 2010.

Robert Blendon and John Benson, “Public Opinion, the Deep Recession, and the 2010 Elections,” Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs 53 (September/October 2010): 14-33.

Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, Gillian K. SteelFisher, and John M. Connolly, “Americans’ Conflicting Views about the Public Health System, and How to Shore Up Support,” Health Affairs 29 (November 2010): 2033-2040.

Robert J. Blendon and John M. Benson, “Health Care in the 2010 Congressional Election,” New England Journal of Medicine 363 (November 11, 2010): e30(1-5).
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It’s autumn and change is in the air. We have selkies and software bugs, dancing feathers and philosopher’s stones, and a mother made of dough. Our poets bring us blind eyes and laser lights, floods and fingers, dementia, dimensions, and destinations unknown.

Contents:

The Seal Wife, by Jeannelle Ferreira
In the Earth in Those Days (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Catalyst, by Loren Rhoads
With the Blue Heart People, by Patricia Russo
Turning a Blind Eye (poem), by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
Last, by Jamie Mason
Lost in the City of New Orleans (poem), by Kent Kruse
Myrna: San Diego #9 (poem), by John Berbrich
Fortune Cookie Mother, by Phoebe Nir
The Dementia Dimension (poem), by K.S. Hardy
Angles, by Blaise Marchesani
Traveling (poem), by M.C. Wyatt
Art: John Stanton



Not One of Us #44 is available from The Genre Mall.

We’ll be mailing the contributors’ and subscribers’ copies later this week.
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The book I had been editing in my spare time for more than four years has finally been published. American Public Opinion and Health Care (CQ Press) is a 540-page, 150,000-word, 279-table reference work of 21 chapters written by 22 authors. I am co-author of eleven of the chapters, notably “End-of-Life Care,” and I did each and every one of the book’s more than 1700 notes. I need a drink.

By the way, the book costs $130, so I don't expect anyone reading this post to buy it.
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I learned earlier this week that Karen R. Porter had passed away at age 50 after a long illness. She was one of the most frequent contributors to Not One of Us, but I will miss her even more for being a good person and always a welcome correspondent.

Here is a list of her 34 poems that appeared in Not One of Us publications between 1997 and 2010.

The Return – Not One of Us #17 (1997)
Love – Shaking the Tree (1997)
Wastrel Lords – Not One of Us #19 (1998)
Divinity – Not One of Us #20 (1998)
Permanent Stains – Not One of Us #21 (1999)
Pretty Boy – Not One of Us #22 (1999)
Monsters – Not One of Us #22 (1999)
Pariah – Not One of Us #23 (2000)
Choices – Not One of Us #23 (2000)
Feeding the Garden – Above and Below (2000)
Background Note – Not One of Us #24 (2000)
Cussbelly – Not One of Us #24 (2000)
January on the Interstate – Not One of Us #25 (2001)
After I Threw Lou Out – Not One of Us #26 (2001)
Reflection – Not One of Us #27 (2002)
Photograph – Not One of Us #27 (2002)
The Noise of Words – Not One of Us #28 (2002)
Ass-Backwards – Not One of Us #28 (2002)
Loop – Bound to Be Free (2003)
His Dead Son – Not One of Us #29 (2003)
She – Not One of Us #30 (2003)
Security – Not One of Us #31 (2004)
Crucifixation – Not One of Us #31 (2004)
Unseen – Not One of Us #32 (2004)
Dirty, Funky Muse – Not One of Us #32 (2004)
a day before joe’s place collapses – Clarity (2005)
Less Than Nothing – Not One of Us #33 (2005)
Gods with Big Heads – Not One of Us #34 (2005)
The Taking Lady – Not One of Us #35 (2006)
The Visitor – Not One of Us #36 (2006)
Sticks – Not One of Us #37 (2007)
Fear of Angels – Not One of Us #38 (2007)
The Eyes However – Not One of Us #40 (2008)
Cent – Not One of Us #43 (2010)

Of course, she was published in a lot of other magazines, too. Someone should do a collection.
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