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The Conversationalist

Our Exclusive Interview with Lance Sheary Grub Street Grackle:  Thirty years into your career, you’re still getting a lot of attention, both favorable and critical. How do you feel about your enduring celebrity status? Lance Sheary:  I don’t much notice the praise; most who speak sympathetically about me don’t seem to ...

Defending the Decision

I've read a lot of short stories, but none have changed my life in so many ways as "Murke's Collected Silences," by Heinrich Boll. Murke, a radio editor is fascinated by those brief moments (which he is obliged to cut out) when blowhard talking heads pause, as though almost actually thinking, begins to keep these snippets for ...

Poets on Poetry #1: Res Mundi

The written, printed word is our bread and butter at the Grackle. But we don't mind admitting—we will insist on it, in fact—that what makes poetry necessary is something that turns up first of all in a common breathing and beating of hearts. So what we'd really like is to get together with you somewhere, read some poems, ...

Spring Math Test

by Joseph Prever 1. If every sound is potentially the product of some finite number of sine waves, is every barnswallow's flight potentially the product of some finite number of perfect circles?2. Which is best: dirt, a beetle, a chipmunk, or a sparrow? Is there a hierarchy implied in the series? If so, in which direction does ...