First, in the Saturday Interview, Tyrese L. Coleman talks to Tara Laskowski about her new collection, Bystanders. Laskowski, editor of SmokeLong Quarterly and an experienced flash fiction author, discusses the writing process and her motivation for creating a more traditional collection focused on the act of being a witness.
Meanwhile, Brandon Hicks pokes fun at government censors and our relationship with cartoons in “Truth in Animation.”
Finally, in the Sunday Essay, J. Kasper Kramer remembers teaching English in a diverse classroom in Japan and learning about diverse cultures and beliefs. When she is confronted with prejudice at a holiday dinner with American in-laws, Kramer must acknowledge her own changing identity and reconcile it with the views of her family.