Author Archives: Rusty

Parade, fiction by Henry Hope

I can’t abide this shit. I can’t and I won’t.” Desmond, my mother’s new boyfriend, jabs his oily knob of a fin­ger into my fore­head. His breath is com­ing in rapid lit­tle spurts, a sign, I have learned, that his … Con­tinue read­ing

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Harry Crews' Unfinished Novel, poem by Dale Wisely

Harry real­ized then that the book was so inti­mate that all he could do was mark his place with a thumb, close the man­u­script, look out the win­dow, and try not to cry because, he said, it’s so damn close … Con­tinue read­ing

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Feather, fiction by Elizabeth Glass

Wayne leaned back on the rock where he was kneel­ing next to Mandy when she told him she was preg­nant. He could feel the cool moss seep­ing damp­ness into his jeans. He saw Mandy look­ing and act­ing older after hav­ing … Con­tinue read­ing

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The Failure of Love and Everything, poem by William Taylor, Jr.

The Fail­ure of Love and Every­thing Baby, we are every ticket that didn't win. We are the the defeated armies of the ages, the view from every win­dow of every shitty hotel in every shitty town you can imag­ine. We … Con­tinue read­ing

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Lonely Larry, poem by Frank Reardon

LONELY LARRY Every­day Larry walks into the lum­ber yard with his head down due to years of bad pos­ture. His hair, fake or not, looks like a blond toupee, and he twid­dles his fin­gers in mad cir­cles when he speaks. … Con­tinue read­ing

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Meth Labs in West Virginia?! You're Kidding.

By Nick Kepler Usu­ally, when Jen­nifer McQuer­rey Rhyne's truck pulls up to a prop­erty, it's the first time neigh­bors have seen any activ­ity there in weeks. Even though the decals on her hulk­ing Tacoma read "www​.wvmeth​cleanup​.com"—lit­er­ally spelling out why she is … Con­tinue read­ing

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The World Made Straight

FCAC is still kick­ing. Lots of con­tent com­ing, but for right now there's this review by Tir­dad Der­akhshani of the film The World Made Straight based on the superla­tive novel by Ron Rash. 'Geog­ra­phy is des­tiny," Leonard Shuler (Noah Wyle) says in … Con­tinue read­ing

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Final Girl on Appalachia

H/t to Pank. Why I Stay Final Girl Three brown tires are on the bank of the river, like shells would be on the beach of another place. This is not that place. It is hard to deny some of the beauty … Con­tinue read­ing

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Moving Mountains Tragedy 2014: Stunning Court Denial of Appalachian Health Crisis

The only thing stun­ning about this is the years-long denial. From Huff­in­g­ton Post's Jeff Big­gers. In a breath­tak­ing but largely over­looked rul­ing this week, a fed­eral judge agreed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers may dis­re­gard stud­ies on the health impacts of … Con­tinue read­ing

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Oldest European Fort Found in the Appalachians

The remains of the ear­li­est Euro­pean fort in the inte­rior of what is now the United States have been dis­cov­ered by a team of archae­ol­o­gists, pro­vid­ing new insight into the start of the U.S. colo­nial era and the all-too-human rea­sons … Con­tinue read­ing

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