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The Weight of the Word, chapter 90 of Coherence, the first volume of Notes for a Mythology – and The Sensible Thing, a story (The following is a work of satire. The people and events depicted, including those based on real people and events, are all entirely fictional.)

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I’m trying to get back in the habit of reading books instead of just news. Most recently I picked up Dad’s Weekend and The Linguists by Pete Toms, October by China Miéville, The Paris Commune by Donny Gluckstein, How We Get Free by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and the complete Hainish Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin.

*Inside the Castle has a bunch of cool stuff coming out this year, and now they offer subscriptions. John Trefry, the press’ founder and first contributor, speaks here with Joseph Schreiber.

*Ben Passmore’s excellent Your Black Friend is going to be collected with some of his other stories and given a wider audience in February.

*Alex Degen’s new book, the progress of which I’ve been following online for a while, is coming out in the spring.

*Jonathan Basile’s in-depth study of Borges and The Library of Babel too, finally.

*Tomoé Hill’s full memoir, excerpted here, needs a publisher worthy of it.

*Cotton Xenomorph, a new journal launched by Chloe Clark, Hannah Cohen, and Teo Mungaray, should be good place to find other new voices.

*Previous installments of either of the above series can be found here.

Next issue: February 6th

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