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The Literature of Absence
Ringtime, by Thomas M. Disch
The North American Review (New), September 1983, pp. 66-67
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                                        Issues of 1983 = 4 Issues, 107 Articles
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                                          March 1983 Issue = 33 Articles
                                          1. Familiar Matters by Susan Toth, pp. 4-5
                                          2. Cuttings by Kenneth Lash, p. 6
                                          3. The Spectator Sport by Joan Givner, pp. 7-13
                                          4. Two Stories by Beth Brown, pp. 14-17
                                          5. The Service by Elizabeth Collison, pp. 18-19
                                          6. Crimes by Richard Katrovas, p. 20
                                          7. Silver Sugar from Bombay by Maria Thomas, pp. 21-25
                                          8. Whiskey in Whiting, Indiana by James Hazard, p. 26
                                          9. The Dogs by Sandra Witt, pp. 27-28
                                          10. The Uh More or Less Four-Minute Story, p. 29
                                          11. Grand Canyon State by Valerie P. Cohen, p. 30
                                          12. The Birds Were Molting by Kathleen Pheifer, pp. 31-32
                                          13. The Plowman by Virginia Pye, p. 33
                                          14. The Thug by Michael Stephens, p. 34
                                          15. Leave Them Laughing by Roberta Metz Swann, p. 35
                                          16. A Teacher's Options by Tom Whalen, p. 36
                                          17. Animals by A.C. Hoffmann, pp. 37-38
                                          18. The Subject of the Conversation by Walter Sanders, p. 39
                                          19. Childhood by Peter Gordon, pp. 40-41
                                          20. Cats and Dogs by Paula Goldman, p. 42
                                          21. Vinyl Repair by Allen Woodman, p. 43
                                          22. Matter by Sandra J. Kolankiewicz, p. 44
                                          23. Going There Blind by Brooke Wiley, p. 45
                                          24. Reaction at the Site of a Field Hospital by Dave Smith, p. 46
                                          25. The Present Case by Scott Sanders, pp. 47-52
                                          26. At Half-Moon Bay by Ronald Wallace, p. 53
                                          27. The Literary Life by Leo J. Hertzel, pp. 54-59
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                                            Art and Religion: Origins by Loree Rackstraw, pp. 60-62 - 1 Review
                                            1. The Creative Explosion by John E. Pfeiffer
                                          29. Sperm Count by Jim Hall, p. 63
                                          30. Art and Religion: Presences by David Crownfield, pp. 64-66
                                          31. A Boat by Margaret Atwood, p. 67
                                          32. Performance by Lawrence Sturhahn, pp. 68-74
                                          33. Cover by Steve Stocker
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                                          June 1983 Issue = 23 Articles
                                          1. Cuttings by Kenneth Lash, pp. 4-5
                                          2. American Eye by John Roberts, pp. 6-8
                                          3. Path by Deborah Pease, pp. 9-10
                                          4. Fever by Raymond Carver, pp. 11-18
                                          5. The Gypsy Moth by Nancy Eimers, p. 19
                                          6. Eddie and the Nina by Jerry Klinkowitz, pp. 20-22
                                          7. Self-Defense by Molly Giles, pp. 23-26
                                          8. Living on Hardscrabble by Walter McDonald, p. 27
                                          9. How Raspus Got Bayou by Amelie Walmsley, p. 28
                                          10. Shapeshifting by Nancy Esposito, p. 29
                                          11. Constellation by Louis Coxe, p. 29
                                          12. New Ground by Bobbie Ann Mason, pp. 30-32
                                          13. A Box of Crayons by Carol Adorjan, pp. 33-34
                                          14. On a Highway South of Minneapolis by C.G. Hanzlicek, p. 35
                                          15. Meeting Aline by Stephen Dixon, pp. 36-38
                                          16. A Stone by Margaret Atwood, pp. 39-40
                                          17. Twenty Sonnets & a Nightingale by Willis Barnstone, pp. 41-46
                                          18. Perpetual Motion by Graeme Gibson, pp. 47-51
                                          19. The Present Case by David Hellerstein, pp. 52-57
                                          20. Familiar Matters by Margaret Morganroth Gullette, pp. 58-59
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                                            Seven Storybooks by Michael Wilkerson, pp. 60-63 - 7 Reviews
                                            1. The Canyons of Grace by Levi S. Peterson
                                            2. Home Fires by David Long
                                            3. Pastorale by Susan Engberg
                                            4. Babaru by B. Wongar
                                            5. Evening Out by David Walton
                                            6. Shiny Objects by Dianne Benedict
                                            7. Metaphysical Tales by Eugene K. Garber
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                                            An Addition to Honesty by Conger Beasley, Jr., pp. 64-66 - 1 Review
                                            1. Letters to Allen Ginsberg, 1953-1957 by William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg
                                          23. Cover: Etching by John Page
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                                          September 1983 Issue = 22 Articles
                                          1. Foreign Correspondence by Marilyn Krysl, pp. 4-7
                                          2. Cuttings by Kenneth Lash, pp. 8-9
                                          3. Earth. Water. Air. Fire. by Lynne Sharon Schwartz, pp. 10-20
                                          4. Men Are of Three Kings by Jonathan Penner, pp. 21-22
                                          5. Sumacs by Margaret Atwood, p. 23
                                          6. WeCareTheMostInc, or The Big Check by William Penrod, pp. 24-27
                                          7. A Friend of the Family by Dave Smith, p. 28
                                          8. Sinners by Sarah Rossiter, pp. 29-34
                                          9. Waking by Deborah Pease, p. 35
                                          10. Translations from the Mother Tongue by Lorraine Duggin, pp. 36-39
                                          11. The Link by Alan Feldman, p. 40
                                          12. Rose and Her Friends by Clancy Sigal, pp. 41-52
                                          13. The Present Case by Scott Russell Sanders, pp. 53-56
                                          14. Why We See What We See by Richard Jackson, pp. 57-58
                                          15. Familiar Matters by Flossie Lewis, p. 59
                                          16. Nothern Lights by W.S. DiPiero, p. 60
                                          17. The Imagination of Catastrophe by William J. Schafer, pp. 61-65
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                                            The Literature of Absence by Welch D. Everman, pp. 66-67 - 5 Reviews
                                            1. Ringtime by Thomas M. Disch
                                            2. Stroka Prospekt by Richard A. Lupoff
                                            3. The Short Hall by James B. Hall
                                            4. Unreal Estate by Brian Swann
                                            5. Superbounce by Tom Ahern
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                                            Nine Story-Tellers by Richard Orodenker, pp. 68-72 - 9 Reviews
                                            1. Special Offer by Jerry Bumpus
                                            2. Daffodils, or the Death of Love by Corinne Demas
                                            3. The Silence of the Llano by Rudolfo A. Anaya
                                            4. The Woe Shirt by Paule Barton
                                            5. The Winnebago Mysteries, and Other Stories by Moira Crone
                                            6. From the Bottom Up by Leigh Allison Wilson
                                            7. Short Fictions by Alvah Bessie
                                            8. I Smell Esther Williams by Mark Leyner
                                            9. Fireworks by Angela Carter
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                                            The Original Activist by Stephen Minot, pp. 73-74 - 1 Review
                                            1. Lowenstein: Acts of Courage and Belief by Gregory Stone and Douglas Lowenstein
                                          21. Performance by Lawrence Sturhahn, pp. 75-82
                                          22. Cove: "The Bear Who Slept with His Feet Up" (1982) by Shirley Eliason Haupt
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                                          December 1983 Issue = 29 Articles
                                          1. The Present Caes by David Hellerstein, pp. 4-10
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                                            Synecdoche, p. 11 - 15 Reviews
                                            1. Whispering to Fool the Wind by Alberto Rios
                                            2. Jurgis Petraskas by Anthony Petrosky
                                            3. Long Walks in the Afternoon by Margaret Gibson
                                            4. Ruby for Grief by Michael Burkard
                                            5. Memory Is No Stranger by Elizabeth Bartlett
                                            6. Antarctic Traveller by Katha Pollitt
                                            7. The Yellow House on the Corner by Rita Dove
                                            8. Going On by Joanne Kyger
                                            9. Dinner with Uncle Jozef by John Pijewski
                                            10. Second Sight by Jonathan Aaron
                                            11. A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far by Adrienne Rich
                                            12. The Country Between Us by Carolyn Forche
                                            13. Three Clicks Left by Katerina Gogou
                                            14. The Greater Leisures by Jane Miller
                                            15. The Forces of Plenty by Ellen Bryant Voigt
                                          3. Introduction by Kenneth Lash, pp. 12-14
                                          4. Remembering Telegraph Hill by Eleanor Sully, pp. 15-17
                                          5. The Frontier Spirit by Bernard Mayes, pp. 18-20
                                          6. Why We Came to Sodom by Daniel Curzon, pp. 21-23
                                          7. San Francisco Politics: The Feinstein Era by Ron Nowicki, pp. 24-28
                                          8. Lone Mountain College: A Study in Change by Barbara McDonald, pp. 29-31
                                          9. Nobody Knows Where It Comes From by Beth Coffelt, pp. 32-35
                                          10. Going Everyone's Way: The Catholic Church in San Francisco by David Alvarez, pp. 36-37
                                          11. Theatre: Change in San Francisco by Robert Hurwitt, pp. 38-40
                                          12. If It's Theatre You Want by Bernard Weiner, pp. 41-43
                                          13. Mission Creek, San Francisco: Portrait of an Endangered Neighborhood by Ed Buryn, pp. 44-47
                                          14. Guys and Gays by Sidney Peterson, pp. 48-50
                                          15. San Francisco: The Making of a Uni-Class City by Mark Ciabattari, pp. 51-53
                                          16. San Francisco Contributor Notes, p. 54
                                          17. Lunch Dates by Richard Abrons, pp. 55-58
                                          18. In Hock by Lissa McLaughlin, pp. 59-60
                                          19. Our Viscera Kill Us by Michael Gude, p. 61
                                          20. Baby Montilla by Roussie Flora Woodruff, pp. 62-64
                                          21. A Sudden Turn of Weather by Elizabeth Libbey, p. 65
                                          22. With Evelyn by Mary Peterson, pp. 66-67
                                          23. Baptism of Sand by Martin McGovern, p. 68
                                          24. The Literary Life by Flossie Lewis, pp. 69-72
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                                            Breaking Silence by Welch D. Everman, pp. 73-74 - 3 Reviews
                                            1. Contemporary American Fiction by Douglas Messerli
                                            2. The Kentucky Stories by Joe Ashby Porter
                                            3. Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason
                                          26. Performance: Holes in the Wall, and Pleasure Palaces, Too by Lawrence Sturhahn, pp. 75-76
                                          27. Returning by Jeanie Thompson, pp. 77-78
                                          28. Peformance: Blue Suit by Adrienne Wolfert and Barbara Baxley, pp. 79-82
                                          29. Cover: "Common Decency" by William T. Wiley
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