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The Drum

Issue 8. January 2011

STEVEN LEE BEEBER Blood-Red Nails, Pale Cold Hands

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The narrator of Steven Lee Beeber's short story "Blood-Red Nails, Pale Cold Hands" contemplates the strange combinations of violence and tenderness that underlie his relationships with the important women in his life. The story begins with an accident witnessed in childhood and concludes with the scratches left from passion.

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SARAH NAGER Horseshoe Hunt

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Sarah Nager's "Horseshoe Hunt" brings a weary young woman and an enthusiastic little boy together on a beach where their attitudes and world views collide over a horseshoe crab.

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JENNA BLUM Interview

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Jenna Blum joined Drum editor Henriette Lazaridis Power to answer questions about her writing room, snow bombs, synaesthesia, Woodrow, the stormchasing dog, and what she sings along to while she's driving across the wide open spaces of the US. Jenna's second novel THE STORMCHASERS will be coming out in paperback on April 26, 2011. She read a chapter of the novel for The Drum's May 2010 issue.

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STEVEN BRYKMAN You Know How It Is

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Steven Brykman's essay "You Know How It Is" puts a comical spin on Jewish identity, Hasidic fashion, and the perils of running errands when your girlfriend finds you annoying.

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