Issue 07: Commitment

Christopher Stoddard, guest editor

In the introduction to Issue 07, Lisa Howorth ponders the Eleventh Commandment: thou shalt honor thy commitments.

Blake Butler’s deadpan “Bloodworld” pairs a narrator’s private perversities with his dreary day to day agenda. 

David McConnell’s “Huge,” which reads like a story by Schuyler or McCourt, tells of two musicians and how their unusual marriage turns even rockier after breast reduction surgery. 

In “Ella,” Christopher Stoddard’s story about the sudden dissolution of a yuppie Manhattan couple, the protagonist can only accept her commitment to a relationship once she destroys it. 

An astoundingly original modern rendering of folklore, Bruce Benderson’s “Pinnochio in Port Authority” inserts a children’s book character into the adult libidinal world. 

In Steve Anwyll’s “And I’ll Call You a Liar,” a man’s commitment to his wife entails revenge upon a vulnerable victim.

KGB Journal’s first visual art contributor Scott Neary revisits an Amsterdam encounter with James Baldwin in text and illustration. 

“A Seppuku of Centerfolds,” Tom Cardamone’s ficto-memoir of an East Village gay porn collector, is a gothic tale of connoisseurship and entombment. 

In Margaret Barnard’s “The Clam Shell,” the narrator describes the heartbreak and crushing banalities that always accompany the spiraling of a friendship.

“Rough Plans to Go Wrong” by Gary Indiana concludes the issue, speaking candidly about the negativity that follows aging and commitment to a single place. 


Christopher Stoddard

Christopher Stoddard’s latest novel At Night Only from Itna Press was released in June 2018, and has been praised by The Paris Review, Kirkus, Slate, Lambda Literary, and authors Edmund White and Gary Indiana. Featured in OUT Magazine’s “Tastemakers” issue in 2015 for his contributions to literature and publishing, he’s written two other novels: Limiters (Itna Press, 2014), and White, Christian (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010). He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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