The Lies of Locke Lamora

If you don’t own this book, go buy it now. Scott Lynch is the most creative and beautiful curser I’ve ever read, and his storylines are breathtaking. 

“Someday, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee.”

August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean

“You think you a strong man, Mr. Caesar. But you got that gun. That tell me all I need to know. I see that gun and I know the truth. A man will come and stand and look at the stars. That gun can’t take that away from him. You can shoot him but sooner or later somebody gonna come and stand in the same spot. He’s gonna come and stand and count the stars” (Wilson 79).


August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean contains a surprising amount of commentary beyond that of race and class. As the University of Kansas battles to keep guns off campus, I find that the above quote provides a poignant example of literature as a method of persuasion.

Fight hard, my friends.

Skeletons and Flower Crowns

Story from a fellow MFA at the University of Kansas!

Gingerbread House Lit Mag

Dearest Thuy,

They found a skeleton this morning.

I don’t really want to talk about it. Then again, I don’t really want to talk about him either. But I’m going to anyway.

He doesn’t look anything like you. His hair reminds me of yellow feathers, wispy and vulnerable to wind. Your hair is black, sticking up like the ends of a broom, never lying flat no matter how much I run my fingers through it. His eyes are green, like the emeralds your father used to trade. Yours are black, shiny like fresh ashes. Black hair, black eyes, and somehow I still see more color in you.

Do you remember when you were ten and your father used to visit the castle with jewels? And you snuck off to the gardens? I was scared that you— a boy from a faraway land— had been sent to scold me for avoiding…

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Pet Sematary

Stephen King, you rascal. You never cease to fascinate me.

Surprisingly, Pet Sematary did not force me to leave the lights on at night, as per usual with Stephen King. Instead, I found myself fascinated by the language and relationships he formed within the novel.

The book starts out with an intro that give a list of people who have biographies, then a list of people who don’t. The list of people who don’t garner bios include people like the man who buried Hitler. At the end of the list, King says, “Death is a mystery, Continue reading

Fiction Spotlight: Becky Hagenston

Hagenston_Becky_M3B1627Becky Hagenston’s third short story collection,Scavengers: Stories (University of Alaska Press) Scavengers was published mid-March, 2016. The collection won the Permafrost 2015 Book Prize in fiction, with Memorious favorite Benjamin Percy serving as final judge. Hagenston is no stranger to prestigious prizes. The associate professor of English at Mississippi State University has two previous prize-winning collections, A Gram of Mars (Sarabande Books; winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize) and Strange Weather (Press 53; winner of the Spokane Prize), and has twice taken the O. Henry Prize. Her work has also received nods from Best American Short Stories, Best American Mysteries, and the Pushcart anthologies.

Memorious is thrilled to be publishing Hagenston’s “The Celebrity,” a story that does a million things in 1,000 words, in the upcoming Memorious 26. We’re also thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to Becky Hagenston about Scavengers, a collection so…

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