IN THE FIRST PAGES of Scott Randall’s story, “Before Our Worldwide Interconnected Networks,” the teenage protagonist, Billy, gives up looking for his dad’s porn stash, only to discover it stored beneath his bed: Gobsmacked, he thinks, “all that time, I’d slept on top of naked women photographs.” With its meditations on the merits of menthol cigarettes and baby-doll nighties, Randall’s story captures something of what it was to be a teenager in the early eighties. Reading it, I couldn’t help but think that Billy and his buddies would have been very much at home in my parents’ house, where they would have joined my brother’s cohort on the “stairway to heaven”—the nickname for the ladder used to access my parents’ attic....
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We have announced the winners of our short story contest on our contest page. A very warm thank you to Alexander MacLeod for judging this inaugural fiction contest, and to all the entrants for the many fine stories that they submitted.
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