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The Repossession
by Sam Hawksmoor

Smart, dark and graceful,
this story is sure to
send chills down your spine

Evie Seo -
Bookish Blog Review

The International Writer's Magazine: MAY 2012
Travel stories
Politics & Comment
How we live
Phoenix - Arizona
Rosemary Cross

A few weekends ago, I decided to embark on my solo traveling adventure.  I went downtown Phoenix alone to have a completely different kind of experience
Greenwich Market
Neha Sharma

About six miles east of Central London lies Greenwich market bordering the Thames.
The Vienna Symphony on the Rhone
Elizabeth Schotten Merklinger

I have always enjoyed unusual musical adventures. And so, without hesitation, I decided on a week on the Rhone and Saone Rivers aboard the Swiss Pearl
Jeremy Dillon

“Lets blow something up,” said Sean. We all exchanged glances, and no one could find fault with the idea. In truth, we had nothing better to do.
View from the Clouds
Blair Biersbach

The ever jubilant, Mickey Mouse, a neon green leaf and a misspelled quote from “The Sound of Music” stared up at me from my dirty, worn out journal
A Not So Wasted Spring Break
Allison Cordaro

As soon as I hooked the bristled rope to the tarnished nail protruding from the wall to let others know not to enter, I sensed something was wrong.
Musings on John Keats
Uri A Jurist

I’ve often pondered why I’m so enthralled with the poetic works of John Keats. What is it about the agony and yearning in his poems that calls out to me?
A Moonlit Haven in Bangalore, India
Marianne de Nazareth

Bangalore is considered the silicon valley of the East. From a slow paced pensioner’s paradise of the ‘70’s, the city has evolved into a burgeoning metropolis with a very cosmopolitan flavour

Welcome to the Funhouse
The Art of Politics vs. The Act of Liberty + Readers Responses
James Campion

The president of the United States agrees with the Bill of Rights. This is a novel concept, like when a kid begins to understand the alphabet as not merely being the lyrics to a cute song to memorize or a series of strange symbols that form different sounds but pieces of a larger linguistic puzzle.
Intervention is Inevitable in Spain
James Skinner May 19th update

This is Spain’s problem, a gigantic number of banks, especially Savings Banks that are overburdened with toxic assets, over staffed are being eaten up by others and many are literally about to go bankrupt.
Flat Tax Revisited
Barry Mayhew

In order for the flat tax system to be seen as fair and equitable the multitude of tax shelters and “loopholes” in the current tax laws would have to be eliminated
A Farewell to Sarko
Dean Borok

I, for one, will shed a tear for outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whom I much admired. He was a bit of a comic personality but he was an effective, intelligent leader who managed to keep France stable in the context of wrecked economic conditions

Nature to Nurture
Grace Zhang

Sunlight trickled through the “Jurassic Park”-esque trees intertwining around us. Below us the vegetation tangled, roots crisscrossing and undulating through and on the confined hiking trail.
Syracusa Me
John M Edwards

A backpacking New Yorker is mistaken for “Lucky Luke” on the Italian-owned Isle of Sicilia

A Taste of the South
Jasmyn Carpentier

It could be the beautiful weather, or possibly just the southern hospitality alone that makes Charlotte, North Carolina one of the best vacation destinations in the United States.
The Basilica is a Step into History
Alexandra Kenkelen

Florence: the city of the Medici, of Renaissance excellence, of epic history.  When living in the city, one does not have to go far to find an historical treasure; the city itself is one. 
The Ernie Butler Show
Dean Borok

When James characterized me in his biography of my uncle, Saul Bellow, as a “minor legend of Montreal’s underground scene”, choosing to trivialize me out of envy, he had enough to be envious about
The Castello
Lorenza Bacino

Our summer trips to the family castle on a hill in the north of Italy were an endurance test from the word go. Car sickness and boredom prevailed on the two-and-a-half day marathon trip across France...
A Day with the Dead in London
Mary Kathleen O’Connor

My three month stay in London was coming to an end, and I had one more place to visit--Highgate Cemetery
Metro Mania
Brittany Pietrunti

« Attention a la marche, en descendant du train » The animated voice blares through the speakers of the metro yet still manages to retain the sweet seductiveness inherent in the French language
A Bike Tour of Amsterdam
Tania Jachens

Despite my tour guide’s warning, I looked away from the bike in front of me for just a moment.  I had turned my head to admire the idyllic lane along which we peddled, recognizing the scene from a postcard I had purchased earlier

REVIEWS Film & Books
Oswaldo Jimenez

Alexandra was still asleep in her room when the letter arrived. We had decided she deserved to sleep late on weekends to make up for the rigorous chore of waking up early to make the bus to school every morning during the week; something she did religiously, without our help.
The Lie
Martin Green

Paul Lerner was alone in his house, which was in a retirement community near Sacramento, California.   It was mid-afternoon.   The house was quiet.   His wife Sally was off visiting her sister.   The cats were sleeping. 
The Futurists
Chris Castle

“Mr....?" comes a voice, pulling him out of his drink. He looks up to see a young man, twenties, with the whitest, straightest teeth he has ever seen. It looks like someone kicked 24 pearls straight down his throat. He has the sort of teeth that could close deals and open legs in minutes.

The Northwest Angle: A Fairytale
George Sparling in Paris
Back in 1964, after the fairytale but before we saw the movie on the Champs Elysees and went to les toilettes on Bastille Day, we ran with crowds down the Paris streets
Running to Yesterday
Chris Castle

“It’s a good place,” Jack said, looking at the high beams, the empty walls. The ceiling reached at an impossible height. It felt as if he was living inside an old black and white movie.
“It’s what we need,” Ellen replied, setting down the battered suitcase.

Girl with Cat (Blue)
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The Toaster Project, by Thomas Thwaites, An Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance From Scratch
Charlie Dickinson review
A personal odyssey into consumer goods about us, represented by one modern convenience—the electric toaster
Theatre: The Defiant Capitalist Returns
James Campion
In the guise of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the mid-twentieth century victim of urbanization, progress, and the delusions of facile success as image, Willy Loman emerges as the defiant lion of the twenty-first century
Wasp–Waisted by David Barrie
Sam North review

The setting Paris - the cop Frank Guerin   catching a case of a beautiful dead fashion model photographed by the killer in very expensive lingerie
A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton
Meet young Anna, relocated to a tiny Cornish fishing village from London following her father being made redundant.  They arrive at a spooky run down house (known locally at Witch House) that her Dad is hoping to renovate...
The Repossession by Sam Hawksmoor Review by Lalaine
OMG. I need the second book NOW!

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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