ISSUES | spring 2003

26.1 Cover

26.1 (Spring 2003): Editors’ Prize Issue

Featuring the winners of the 2003 Editors Prize and work by Steve Almond, Mary Armstrong, Monica Berlin, Daniel Coshnear, Martin Cozza, Bryan D. Dietrich, Randall Fuller, Kris Lackey, George Looney, Elaine Neil Orr, Tim Parrish, Rachel Hillier Pratt, R.T. Smith, Sarah Willis, and an interview with Richard Powers.

CONTENT FROM THIS ISSUE

26.1 Cover

Fiction

Mar 01 2003

Wired for Life

Janie met the electrician Charlie Song in August. The AC adapter to her laptop had frayed, and the connection kept failing. Thus, she was forced to jiggle the plug until the current returned, at which points she would have to remain very still for many minutes at a time–she worked with her laptop on her actual lap, which was ridiculous, she knew, pathetic, but there you have it–lest the sadistic plug icon disappear and the machine revert to battery mode, which was supposed to last six hours but which ran down (and this Janie had timed) in seventeen and a half minutes.

26.1 Cover

Interviews

Mar 01 2003

An Interview With Richard Powers

Interviewer: You were born in the Midwest and moved to Thailand at age eleven. What effect did that experience have on you as a writer?

Powers: That’s such a huge question. It presumes I could somehow know what kind of writer I would have been had I not gone. But I know it affected my entire life – linguistically, intellectually, emotionally, culturally. I live in Bangkok from the age of eleven to sixteen, then came back to the States and finished high school in Illinois. But the years I spent overseas are so incredibly formative, the last years of childhood and the first years of young adulthood.