Making Wordplay Visual: Interview with Amy-Grace Ratanapratum, Artist of Issue 41 Piece “Mindless Eye”
I did feel like I was sort of peering into their brain and trying to pluck out what they thought was the most important part.
Character Analysis and Organic Writing: Interview of Kimberly Liu, Author of Issue 41 Story “I, Iris”
I think in the literature that I’ve read, sight as a bit of a metaphor for knowledge, for awareness, and for identity, is pretty well suffused and embedded into this collective recognition.
At the heart of Rooney’s novel is the message that people can change each other for the better.
I am Iris, I thought. Iris is me, and Iris is in the wrong lane.
He has no friends, and his employees wish he were dead. Unfortunately for Wallace, they get their wish.
A horror novel should hold my attention sooner than eighty percent of the way through the book.
Some might mistake immortality for a dream come true but for Adeline LaRue immortality is agony at its worst.
Mona Awad’s newest horror release, All’s Well, is a masterpiece of Shakespearean hyperbolic metaphor.
As I kept reading, and my patience grew thin, all signs began to point towards what I had predicted.
Being two halves of different things can often make you feel less of a whole.
What better way to spend Pride than with a queer rebel princess who fights to be seen!
One Last Stop is a heartwarming story of found-family chock full of eccentric, colorful characters that jump off the page.
Ever since H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine, the topic of time and our ability to interact with it has been at the forefront of science fiction.
Think if Wikipedia was a novel, or a Choose Your Own Adventure book existed online.
The MCU has had a less than stellar track record when it comes to racial diversity.
It seems that our brave little robot is actually part of a much larger political-ecological revolution.
Fanfiction, and literature on the internet in general, raises new sorts of questions about the pitfalls and possibilities of archiving. How do you save not just an artifact, but all the software and hardware that is needed to run it?
This Spring, the editorial team at the Berkeley Fiction Review wanted to highlight a selection of upcoming releases that we are especially looking forward to reading and viewing. These selections mean something special to each individual editor, so we hope this list inspires an interest in these works!
A comfort book is just as the name suggests: a personally significant piece of literature, typically fiction, that brings a person solace and allows for an escape from reality.
Gradually, he grew accustomed to his alternate form, to the point that he could forget about it for hours at a time.
Don’t worry, I said, you’re the sea, and it’s impossible for the sea to drown. There’s nothing big enough for you.
The hall closet candles are white, ten inches long, and shaped like penises.
Talk to me. Make me feel male.
That was the summer that Tim had a left hand full of broken bones.
He was from a generation for whom superstition and folklore were interwoven seamlessly into history.
Terrible things have happened. Your expertise is required to set right the unhinging of our world.
I am a connoisseur of places to sit.
We both paused and stared at the screen in time for a bomb to burst, engulfing everything in white.
Something about flash fiction and short fiction is just so ripe with experimentation and with breaking boundaries and for kind of completely turning on its head what a story can look like.
A Flash of Lightning and Heartbreak: Interview with Ashley Hutson, Sudden Fiction Guest Judge & Author of One’s Company
I feel like when you write flash, you’re giving something to the reader, like an electric shock.
A Case for “the surreal and the strange”: Interview with Anna Vangala Jones, Sudden Fiction Guest Judge and Author of Turmeric & Sugar
When I picture a flash fiction story done well, a story that’s getting so much across in this tiny space, I imagine a little snow globe or something that’s bursting with how much is going on inside it.
Working with Waves and Watercolors: Interview with Mikaela Kristianous, Artist of Issue 41 Piece Regarding the Sea
I definitely take inspiration from the skies, like I mentioned, flowers, even food: strawberries, raspberries, those kinds of things.
I wanted to bring water into these places that are sterile or dry or drought-ridden.
Art and Characterization: Interview of Amy Alicia Santa Maria, Artist of Issue 41 Piece “The Masterpiece”
They’re a more picturesque version than what they really are, and it’s just capturing one singular moment in time.
Growing up as a disabled child, I learned to live in a world that was my own.
Berlin’s writing captured a sort of reckless joy I recalled from my time in Paris: living on that rugged edge between foolish risk-taking and worthwhile adventure.
Across this textured face, I count all the bleeding and irritated spots, hooking onto them with my eyes and making sure that each and every unwanted citizen of a pimple on the once-clear expanse of my face is ingrained in my mind.
The Unseen World grapples with this abstract notion: if memories are the fundamental building blocks to a coherent identity, when one loses these memories or memories are distorted —who does this person become? Who are they in relation to you?
“I….have been able to use reading as both a reprieve from reality, as well as an educational tool to become a more productive version of my isolated self.”
Step 1: Once you are roused from slumber by thoughts of the monumental task at hand, brew some coffee. If you don’t drink coffee, thoughtfully bob a bag of tea into a cup of microwaved water. Optional: Add alcohol to taste.
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