Zack Graham’s writing has appeared in Astra, Rolling Stone, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. He is the recipient of an Alan Cheuse Emerging Critics Fellowship from the National Book Critics Circle and has completed a collection of short stories and a novel.
The Love of Joeys LifeBy Zack Graham
Zack Graham brings us an original story of high-Gogolian strangeness played out on the streets of Chicago. Teenage Joey's turbulent plungings might easily be dismissed as noxious angst, but Graham excels in capturing the awkwardness and vulnerability of adolescence. The perspectivedistant as we are distant from ourselves in dreams, while simultaneously immersed in the illusion of sensory experienceinvites questions of how much, if at all, we should sympathize with the person before us.