Issue 75


Spring 2018
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Steven Millhauser / Dorthe Nors / Julia Elliott
Editor's Note

Such is the universal sugar rush that all desirous things—wrapped in a sweater or snorted through a straw—are compared to candy. Steven Millhauser, in his story “Guided Tour,” plays with the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, while Maria Adelmann reimagines Hansel and Gretel. In “Candy: A Footnote,” Rebecca Makkai breaks down her Hungarian family’s history of bootlegging candies behind the Iron Curtain. In his bittersweet essay, “Sweetness Mattered” Aaron Hamburger recalls his queer awakening as he tried to woo his high school crush with Smarties. As with Red Vines, you can’t just scarf a single poem. Timothy Liu’s “Ode to Candy Crush” and “Love Poem,” Kaveh Akbar’s “In the Beginning” and “I Wouldn’t Even Know What to Do with a Third Chance,” and Lucy Anderton’s “The Joy of Sex” dance between sweetness and nausea. Dip into the Lost & Found section and you’ll be treated to Emma Komlos-Hrobsky’s pointedly sour reassessment of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like an Everlasting Gobstopper, this issue will keep your taste buds infinitely engaged.

Table of Contents


Tara Ison
Steven Millhauser
Guided Tour
Maria Adelmann
Aftermath: Hansel
Gretel's Dreams
Julia Elliott
Erl King
Sean Ennis
Occasionally in the Night, a Vague Craving Arose
Joy Baglio


Timothy Liu
Kaveh Akbar
In the Beginning
I Wouldn't Even Know What to Do With a Third Chance
Cecily Parks
Hansel and Gretel
Front Yard Rhyme
Justin Boening
Katherine Riegel
Eve Ewing
I Saw Emmett Till This Week at the Grocery Store
A Carnival
Leah Naomi Green
Danusha Laméris
Service Station
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
My South
This Sugar
Lucy Anderton
The Joy of Sex
Amber Flora Thomas
Aidan Forster


Aaron Hamburger
Rebecca Makkai
Candy: A Footnote
Lori Lynn Turner
Eating Together
Logan Scherer
Alex McElroy
Jim Goldberg
from Candy


Dorthe Nors
Chinelo Okparanta
Alejandro Zambra
A Chocolate Named Coup
translated by Megan McDowell

Ellen Litman
In Search of Soviet Ice Cream Past


Emma Komlos-Hrobsky
Rachel Riederer
On Adela Turin's Sugarpink
Kate Schmier
On Helen McGowan's Motor City Madam
Amy Newlove Schroeder
On Abby Buchanan Longstreet's A Debutante in New York Society: Her Illusions and What Became of Them
Marcia DeSanctis


Annalisa Quinn
Bad Apples