Month: February 2016

Call for Writing Submissions on Music

Litbreak Magazine is inviting submissions of reviews and essays on the (any) music scene. Our general submission requirements still hold. Please read our policies before submitting. Litbreak Magazine values originality and craft. There are no content requirements for music essay submissions but we’ll hint that loving Dylan and Bach will take you far. Submissions are open for our December launch. Please visit our submissions page for guidelines. Submit your work [mailchimp-form title=”” success_text=”Thank you, your email has been added to the list.” button_text=”Subscribe!” firstname=”0″ lastname=”0″]Get the Litbreak Newsletter! We’ll send you the latest posts and news about giveaways and books...

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Maybe in the Next World

The starchy white pillowcase left faint red imprints on Lana’s cheek. She blinked, considered—for a beat too long—just where an insinuating shaft of sunlight was coming from. Her bedroom windows faced east, their azure-colored curtains vibrantly awash with the morning sun. This light was from the west and these curtains were taupe, tawdry. Tubes itched at their points of insertion. Not her condominium then, but St. Barnabas’s Hospital. It took longer, lately, to distinguish. To lay claim to a sense of place. The flat, insistent light. Like that autumn afternoon in Manhattan leaving the clinic. Riding the crosstown bus...

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Colbalt Blues

“My levees are washing away like New Orleans,” Terry tells me on the phone. “There goes a chunk now. I have sung Broadway tunes for days, but my signal hasn’t penetrated their dead zone. Did I close the windows? Pay my taxes? One is always unprepared for death.” I listen because I know I may be his only set of ears and because I know the feelings. We go back to Great Jones Street and the ’70s and who knows when his windshield melted or how he got stuck forever in the state of Denim. Terry’s passed among friends...

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Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

This is a novel about identical twins. Not a heartwarming twin story, except for maybe one chapter near the end, but by then your heart is so cold and frozen you wonder if it will ever thaw. A bit of hope enters in the last chapter but you have seen hope dashed many times in this gruesome tale. In fact, a reader who comes through with a warm heart is likely more screwed up than these twins ever were. Ann Morgan is the writer who got me not just thinking about reading literature from many countries. She got me...

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The Circle by Dave Eggers

Ever wonder what it might be like to live in a world where one tech company was attempting, for lack of a better phrase, to take over the world? I know, I know… seems ridiculous to even read that last sentence. Imagine how I felt writing it. It’s not like there’s tech companies out there right now attempting to do the very same thing by infiltrating every waking second of your life, tracking your every moment and purchase, and slowly but surely making privacy a thing of the past. Oh, wait… OK, so maybe (maybe) this is sort of...

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