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**PRINT: A GAME I ONCE ENJOYED, by Chicago's Patrick Somerville, is THE2NDHANDís 32nd broadsheet. Somerville's work previously appeared in No.24 in 2007, and this Somervilleís second broadsheet since the release of his short-story collection, Trouble, in 2006 marks the first since his novel The Cradle launched into the cultural imagination with coverage in the form of reviews in places as high as the New York Times Book Review. Donít let that turn you off, though; Somervilleís work is viscerally humorous and elegantly dramatic as the best out there, as evidenced in this epic story, about a chess game whose stakes might well be higher than its players know. Also in this issue: a short from Ohio scribe Daniel Gallik.

**WEB: PICKY and BLACK MANTA Quincy Rhoads
WING & FLY: MILAM, WIRTHLIN w/ mobile fiction; also: EDGAR MOLLERE, ERIC DURCHHOLZ | Todd Dills
THE PAIN YOU SEEM TO BE EXPERIENCING Maria Parrott
GROCERY STORE LAUNCHPAD C.T. Ballentine
THE CLEANER Amanda Marbais
HIDEOUS BOUNTY: THIRTY-THREE | Andrew Davis
NAMELESS Dennis Foley
BREADSTICKS Russell Helms
ITINERARY: ALL TIMES APPROXIMATE Ryan Strong
GUNS Paul Kavanagh

PICKY
---
Quincy Rhoads

I thought it was odd when she ordered chicken fingers. We were supposed to be having Italian.

When she ordered tacos at the Chinese restaurant, I knew she had to leave.

Bohemian Pupil Press, Chicago publishers of the South Side Trilogy

BLACK MANTA
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my pajamas have become
a caricature of themselves
much like the superheroes
that lend their likenesses to them
my wife,
former girlfriend,
no longer finds me attractive
what was once seen as vaguely cute
is now viewed
as desperate
I wear them now
more out of decency than of habit

below flannel-clad knees
my daughter is too
young to see failure
unlike her mother

outmoded and obsolete
like Aquaman

MIXTAPE: LA LA

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