'Nefertiti' in sPARKLE & bLINK 106

I spent weeks looking for my sister the second time she ran away, then the day I found her, I wished I hadn't. It was on a Friday after work, I’d been passing by the church we used to go to with our mother who wasn't Catholic but liked the services, and the priest waved me down, saying a woman who looked like my sister had been bleeding over the pews. I’d made such an effort to forget about her this time, what I really wanted to do was leave her behind, kneeling there in whatever vain appeal...

"LOST" [from "Blight: Stories in the Key of Decay and Repair"]

Welcome to Season 2 of Blight: Stories in the Key of Decay and Repair. A series of episodes on confronting our uncertain future in the time of the COVID19 Virus, through essay, interview, storytelling and song. Episode 3: Planes Come In features host Sean Williamson on worry and runways, Adam Krause on the correlations between human stress on nature and pandemic, Jake Newborn from the Wisconsin Bike Fed, and Rhea Dhanbhoora on the life of sand. “Ease Your Soul, Chapman” by LeAnna Eden. Theme music by Shawn Stephany. Mix by Shane Olivo at Bobby Peru Recording

Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate

Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate is the new, local outpost of the NYC reading series, committed to showcasing the work of both established and emerging writers from our region. Come hear short stories by David Rabe, Ashley Mayne, Harris Lahti, Courtney Maum and Rhea Dhanbhoora, read by AOH audience favorite actors. Crystal Radio believes in the power of the spoken word and is devoted to transmitting compelling literary expression through the ether.

Outside: Issue 7: Here, There & Everywhere

All the other images fade, but for the orange flags. Stiff nylon, fighting lazily against a balmy breeze. Orange. Always the strangest in the spectrum. A colour, a fruit, a flower — all rolled into one lazy word. As if there were no other way to describe the ghastly coalescence of red and yellow. A marriage of pigments, arranged quite conveniently between colours I have mixed feelings about. There was red, a reminder of period blood and bindis and rage and lipstick, muddled with yellow, a seemingly duplicitous shade that spits up images of Wordsworth’s daffodils as quickly as it will Eliot’s yellow fog.


Prime zip code aside, the wood flooring, platinum grey upholstery, subtly fragmented (designed to resemble a beehive) panel lighting and icicles dripping down from an arched ceiling lend the entire space a proud patrician air. Those who prefer warm, cosy spaces will not really feel at home in the slightly steely space, but if you’re looking for a swanky dining experience, there’s nothing quite like it. Like most restaurants so obviously built to cater to the upper echelons of society, Jia too will leave your wallet a little lighter. However, the food does stand out enough to warrant the exorbitant prices on the menu, making it more of a worthy indulgence than an extravagance.

Fratelli Vineyards

If you, like most city slickers, breathe a sigh of relief courtesy cooler weather and open skies outside city limits, roll down your windows and take a deep breath in Akluj. Over six hours of alternating between smooth highways and bad roads, snaking through picturesque villages and looping around lakes can leave you euphoric and exhausted in equal measure. Once we found the sharp curve in the road leading to the vineyards, all traces of trepidation were swept away by the breeze swinging over the rolling hills...
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