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Issue 20 · Summer 2021

How do we truly describe loss? When we see Betelgeuse explode, as if attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion ¹ lit the night sky, how will we explain that loss to our children, our grandchildren, to the white-breasted nuthatch, or to the black-capped chickadee? When billionaires spend ten minutes at the edge of space do we cheer and share their exhuberance, or do we pull hammers, saws, and drills out of a tool box and construct guillotines? Should we watch what the birds do when a hurricane creepy crawls up the coast, or do we sit outside weighed down by the drop in barometric pressure? After the storm passes, leaving little damage, we can join the convoys of utility repair trucks back up the coast, or through the mountains and look for electricity to reconnect, for loss to reconnect us to the grid of humanity. Or, we can build those damn guillotines.

¹ Death soliloquy of Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), Blade Runner

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Nixes Mate Review Back Issues

ISSUE 19 · SPRING 2021

ISSUE 19 · SPRING 2021

Boston is creeping back to life. College students travel in packs. Traffic congeals in all the familiar places like crocuses pushing out along the Charles.

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ISSUE 18 · WINTER 2021

ISSUE 18 · WINTER 2021

Among the dislocated shoulders, insurrection, glaucoma, and skies the color and texture of overcooked oatmeal is a hope that the country survives, that the world survives …

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issue 16/17 covid 2020

issue 16/17 covid 2020

If 2020 could be summed up in one Twilight Zone episode it would be “Time Enough at Last” from season 1, starring Burgess Meredith as the bookworm who …

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Issue 15 · Spring 2020

Issue 15 · Spring 2020

Social distancing is a new literature, a bitter cup of surveillance and incompetance that asks us to accept our ruin with equnamity. We quarantine ourselves with tigers …

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Issue 14 · Winter 2020

Issue 14 · Winter 2020

Welcome to Issue 14 · Winter, 2020. Welcome to an uneasy winter of missiles and summer. Welcome to an uneasy winter of perpetual tardiness and procrastination. …

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ISSUE 13 · FALL 2019

ISSUE 13 · FALL 2019

Welcome to our 3rd anniversary issue. Goodbye to the summer of procrastination. Welcome to the fail of corruption, the veil of stupidity. Welcome to pocket door …

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