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The International Writer's Magazine: Our Tenth Year - August 2009 - Welcome

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Mexican Zip-lining Tour
Lauren Brunck
As we zoom around the bend, kicking up dust from the dirt and gravel path, a tall edifice materializes through the foliage of the jungle. We slam on our breaks and dismount

Nicaragua: A view from both sides of the wire- Jeannine M. Pitas
"You don’t know anything about my life," my friend Enrique tells me.
We’re sitting on the floor in the Huembes bus station, watching the tortilla vendors amble by. I think about Enrique’s words. The fact is, he’s right.

Boom Town
Charlie Graham
Phnom Phen is hard to imagine. It is a lawless, hectic, smoggy, people-hole and it is not the place for the fainthearted
A Step Back in Time
Anne Armand
The Azores, Portugal consists of nine major islands. They are actually the tops of some of the tallest mountains on the planet. Located in the Atlantic 1500 Km from Lisbon
Flaming Lips and Earthquakes: Concert Going in Chiba, Japan -Jeffrey Rambo
What’s it like attending a big summer music festival in Japan? One Sunday evening in August, I got my answer
Our Native Village
Marianne de Nazareth
We wanted a break desperately from the pollution and the stress of living in the heart of Bangalore, - we decided to take off to Our Native Village.

Last Temptation of Obama
James Campion
Joe Cool Must Rally To Save Progressive Movement - Barack Obama is, as stated more than once in this space for over a year, the yin to Reagan's yang

Healthcare Panic
Dean Borok
I am not here to debate the merits of universal health insurance. That is a given. I am complaining about the lunatic fringe of society – loudmouth sociopaths who are being bussed around the country and paid cash money by insurance companies to scream and yell

Crisis? What Crisis?
Joe Swain
As the world continues to reel from the after-effects of macro economics' version of Hurricane Ha-Ha, Joe Swain sifts through the wreckage for survivors

Solar Flare
Tracey Doxey in China
It is 4.30am, total solar eclipse day Huangshan - China. The residents of the Bei Hai hotel have been shouting and moving outside for over an hour to jostle with each other to catch the sunrise

Clunker Bonanza ends
Dean Borok

The government’s "Cash for Clunkers" program expired yesterday like a Looney Tunes auto breathing its last gasp, even as frantic buyers were still banging down the door.
The Art of Timeshare
Danielle Levanas
My story starts with a sailor landing on a lush Mexican beach. He comes across a sun-bronzed Canadian cowgirl living in a palapa. The cowgirl joins the lucky sailor’s crew, and in the time it takes to down a bottle of tequila, the pair falls madly in love.
Goodbye Gloom & Doom
James Skinner
Our regional government announced yesterday with great pomp and circumstance that our city will be connected with Madrid by high-speed train no later than the year 2015.
Bass Ponds
Tyrel Nelson
I hadn’t been here in forever. The biting wind made my eyes water as I watched my breath drift away and disappear into the morning air -a familiar feeling came over me while I listened to dead leaves dance atop the asphalt. It was definitely November in Minnesota
Vaishali and Sachin
Nate Bell
The first time I met Vaishali was in Madison, where my seven classmates and I took Tamil in preparation for our year in Madurai
Honda Dreams
Sam North
I have this reoccurring dream. I am always happy to have it but distinctly unhappy to wake up and discover it wasn't real.
Original Shorts
REVIEWS Film & Books
Wedding Shoes
Lisa Farrell
An old woman was squinting at the labels of yoghurts and mousses, lifting them one by one to be examined.
    She watched the woman for a moment, then walked quietly towards her.
Fountain kerb
Chris Castle
"You’re last day today?" she said. She looked down to her sandwich, looked back up.
"Yeah. Bit part dies then its back to the stars I guess."

In the Shadows of the Past
Joeseph Grant
He remembered the very first time he saw her, when he told himself that she was the one. But he had been wrong about her

An African Bride
Fisayo Talabi
She sat, legs crossed, staring at the menu. With the corner of her eyes, she watched Felix sip his glass of water as he looked through the menu too.

The Purple Maiden:
Chapter 2: Dangerous trawling
James Skinner
It was Wednesday, just past 09:00 and although the weather was cold and rainy, there were no signs of a storm within hundreds of miles south of the Cornish coast. ‘Mayday! Mayday! Help! Sinking! Maruxa! Maruxa…this is captain of Maruxa! Mayday…’

Amy and the Waitress
Chris Castle
Hmm. Thinking about lilies and funerals at seven am.
Not a good sign. But then she’d been whoo-hooed already so maybe it was the day for it.
The Lottery Ticket
Martin Green
It began as a simple scheme by two clerks who worked in the State Lottery Oversight Bureau (SLOB)
Happy Birthday Hermann
Pierrino & Sandy Mascarino
Sarah, a dark haired woman in her 20’s, was running down a Hollywood back street near a major movie studio that was in a subdued and reserved corner of the movie making community
The Girl Who Played With Fire
by Stieg Larsson
Sam North review
The stress and tension it arouses in just reading it is unbearable. An astonishing gripping Swedish Crime novel

Beautiful Children by Charles Bock
Victor Manley review
There was hope in the first thirty-two pages. Hope bolstered by false praise, and yet it falls, rather spectacularly
Woody Being Woody
James Campion on Whatever Works
Allen has continued to present a freshly consistent string of darkly funny, thought-provoking satires on the human condition and modern society at large.
Little Daughter - A Memoir of Survival in Burma and the West by Zoya Phan with Damien Lewis
David Calleja review
One survivor from the Burmese junta’s war against its own people shows that courage is displayed in multiple forms. Zoya Phan’s account is a double-edged sword, reflecting fear and hope in the same breath.
Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em and
little fleas have lesser fleas infinitum - Augustus de Morgan
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