Book of the Month: My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Written by Aslan Gossett Edited by Josh Strange (Mostly Spoiler Free) Ottessa Moshfegh’s second book, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, explores its 300-some pages with postmodern monologues and an inverse metamorphosis story for the ages. Set in New York between 2000…

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George Bailey Lassos the Moon

George Bailey Lassos the Moon By Fisher Sexton                -For Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life I never knew you were so beautiful until tonight. Your bouncy golden thread wild chestnut eyes whisper take…

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A Closer Look at the Gallery 1010 Showcase for Issue 64

Taylor Kolnick Drifting 35mm 2021 Price available upon request   Griffin Allman Maybe if you go to sleep happy, then you'll wake up happy Acrylic and watercolor on canvas 2021 $350 “My artistic practice consists of abstract paintings and drawings…

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The History of “Euphoria Makeup,” Beyond Glitter Tears

Written by Sadie Kimbrough Edited by Josh Strange The never ending commotion surrounding HBO’s Euphoria is not without controversy, but its meticulous creative direction allows the coming of age series stylistic recognizability unlike any other. While the newest season seems…

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Enmeshed

By Gracie Somich I recently, within the past 2 years, learned that Hell does not exist. This information was particularly troubling to me, given I started worrying about the permanent condition of my soul right around the time I started…

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Volume 1

Faith Belt is a senior art student at UTK working in drawing, ceramics, and puppetry. Her creative process is driven by the concepts of seeking, reaching, and wrestling. Belt's infatuation with storytelling leads her to incorporate the tales of Gilgamesh,…

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An Interview with Haley Takahashi

Written by Clint Liles Edited by Sadie Kimbrough Haley Takahashi, an award-winning artist and graduate student here at the University of Tennessee offers representation of being a Japanese American and the duality that identity brings in present-day America. Her work…

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Phoenix Staff Picks of 2021

LITERATURE White Noise by Don DeLillo (1985) Satirical, funny, and all too real glance at American consumerism, ignorance, and the relation between self-obsession and self-deception. - Aslan A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016) Super comforting read after a rough…

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Should

By Jenny Darden Phoenix: Spring 2001 TW: Allusions to Suicide 1. The Disillusionment Romeo and Juliet are dead, and this time they’re not faking. Their dirty, naked bodies are lying beneath the apple tree, cradled in its roots, God-shamed. And…

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Book of the Month: LGBTQ: Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia

Written by Clint Liles Edited by Josh Strange I grew up about two hours north of Knoxville in a small-town just south of the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. The closest city was Knoxville followed by Lexington with an equal distance drive.…

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