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Friday Reads: December 2017

Curated by SARAH WHELAN
This month, our Issue 14 contributors read works that examine the seams of time, from the construction of a fleeting impression, to the scaffolding of a historical drama. Whether it be a poem read from a pulpit or a paperback fished serendipitously from a pile of freebies, these recommendations celebrate literature's ability to break through temporal boundaries.

photo of a fox looking pensive

A Loving, Faithful Animal

JOSEPHINE ROWE
It was the summer that all the best cartoons went off the air, swapped for Gulf War broadcasts in infrared snippets, and your mother started saying things like I used to be pretty, you know? Christ, I used to be brave.

Black and white shot down an empty hallway in a hospital

New Wave: Post Op

MARIA TERRONE
Such an adrenaline rush to find / myself alive / this seventh time, injected / with glee on the stretcher, / making my usual “I’m o.k.” calls, / and thinking I'd heard the surgeons' banter