…so that when young women do rebel in the films or act out they become a site of horror or something to be feared.
- Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Sofia Coppola’s “Lick the Star” — Introduced by R W Gray
- The Education of Ta-Nehisi Coates: Review of Between the World and Me — Tom Faure
- Undersung | On the Pleasure of Slim Volumes — Julie Larios
- The Slow Southern Minute: Courting the Dead of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman — Jeremy Brunger
- Milk Teeth & Head in the Leaves: Two Stories — Leanne Radojkovich
- Transmute, Disturb: A Review of The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams — Jason DeYoung
- Uimhir a Cúig | Roma Walking Around: Prose and Poetry Translations From Mexico – Dylan Brennan
- Many Ways to Stuff a Watermelon | Pierre Senges — Translated by Jacob Siefring
- Proto-Feminist, Trouble-Making Rebel: Hawthorne, a “Remarkable Case” & the Genesis of Hester Prynne — Patrick J. Keane
- Intoxication of Influence: Review of Samuel Archibald’s Arvida — Mark Sampson
- One Rabbit: Short Story — Kristin Ohman
- Paris in Black and White / 1973-74 — Gary Garvin
- Self-Interested Glimpses: Essay — Chris Campanioni
- On Pan(Dora)’s Box and Refusing to Coalesce: An Interview with Joanna Walsh — Natalie Helberg
- Across the Valley: An Australian Childhood — Elizabeth Thomas
- What Is Magic? Raul Asked | Poems from The Mirror within the Mirror — Wang Ping
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- Girls Talking Back to Guys: Numéro Cinq’s November Issue Preview
…struggle is all we have because the god of history is an atheist, and nothing about his world is meant to be.
Did they – or do they, for those who are still alive – want more? “Success” – is it really counted sweetest by those whom it bypasses?
Sometimes, iconoclasts are far more valuable than the creaking icons they destroy. Lee has done well to disillusion her readers—
If the wind came from the west, it brought the groans of cows and shrieks of fencing wire. If it came from the east, it brought the clickety-clack of the afternoon train.
It might the pithiest of credos for Williams’ fiction. Life is an eccentric privilege…and then you die — her stories never let you forget…
Not forever upon this earth: / just for a while down here. / Not forever upon this earth:
…a mélange of indispensable classics and stupefyingly dull volumes, teeming with pignoufisms…
Proto-Feminist, Trouble-Making Rebel: Hawthorne, a “Remarkable Case” & the Genesis of Hester Prynne — Patrick J. Keane
…infinitely superior to the men with whom she is involved…
The intoxication of influence, a willingness to let a life of reading speak through you as you try to write about where you come from.
He looked up to see the face of a little Afghani girl, about five years old, staring at him from the doorway with big brown eyes. She stood there solemnly, just looking at him. She was human.
It is only by tearing the self apart and seeing what is left, however, that we can start again and rebuild and try once more to think, and wish, and believe. —Gary Garvin
Post-global culture is not just about being watched. The fundamental question of identity: “Who am I?” has been replaced by “Who am I pretending to be?”
Moments of blazing perspicacity, creativity, intelligence, and dark humor are insanely abundant in her writing; they pop at every turn.
From our gate we could see far across the valley to the mountain. Everyone called it Terrible Billy though its real name was Mount Terrible. At the foot of the mountain was our town…
The flowers can’t be colored / The sea can’t be dammed / The mountains can’t be spoken // This is the sound of magic / Running in our veins
Always entertaining, never less than knowledgeable and insightful, sometimes touching, always surprising, R. W. Gray’s Numéro Cinq at the Movies is a mainstay of the magazine with its own tail of fans and followers.
A brilliant issue under the sign of women and rebellion, featuring Pat Keane’s essay on the feisty Puritan divine Anne Hutchinson, model for Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter.
Vol. VI, No. 10, October 2015
- Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Grasshoppers & Tiny Doors: Directors Jared Carney and Nicholas Humphries On Horror
- Reportless Places | Review of Bill Hayward’s Chasing Dragons: An Uncommon Memoir in Photographs — Douglas Glover
- Memory: Fiction — Zsolt Láng | Translated by Erika Mihálycsa
- William Gaddis’s Lives & Works: Review of Biographies by Joseph Tabbi and Steven Moore — Jeff Bursey
- A Brave New World: Review of Michel Houellebecq’s Submission — Frank Richardson
- The No Memory: Novel Excerpt — Shane Jones
- Hail Mary, Full of Grace: Fiction — Darrel J. McLeod
- Telling Tales: Four Variations on a Theme — Victoria Best
- Crowbar, Generation, Title: Three Stories — Greg Mulcahy
- All Writing Is Autobiography: J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing by David Attwell & The Good Story by J. M. Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz — Jason DeYoung
- Israël: From The Genealogy of the First Person | Poem — D. M. Spitzer
- Uimhir a Cúig | Screen: Fiction — Claire Hennessy
- Trolling with the Fisher King: The Archaeology of Dreams — Paul Pines
- A Little Something about Nothing: Interview & Essay with Physicist Lawrence Krauss — Julie Trimingham
- The Search in the Dark: Interview with Noy Holland — Benjamin Woodard
- Bird: Novel Excerpt — Noy Holland
Vol. VI, No. 9, September 2015
- Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Roman Coppola and Wes Anderson’s “Candy” — Introduced by R. W. Gray
- O Sujet d’Assujettissement (or, Story of O and Foucault) — Natalie Helberg
- Let Us Become These Voices Made Visible: A Review of Mia Couto’s Pensativities — Benjamin Woodard
- Murder Mile: Poems — Martin Dean
- Fugue: Fiction — Jeff Bursey
- Open Water: Short Fiction — Kathy Page
- Under the Palm Trees’ Murmuring Leaves: Poems — Rossend Bonás Miró | Translated by Susana Fabrés Díaz & Brendan Riley
- Without Mourning There Is No Remembering: Interview With Brandon Ballengée — Darren Higgins
- Undersung | Gabriela Mistral: The Archangel, The Wind — Julie Larios
- Too Many Starbucks: Review of Chris Hedges’ Wages of Rebellion—Tom Faure
- Secretariat: A Personal Memoir — Patrick J. Keane
- Uimhir a Cúig | The Poets’ House, Portmuck — Janice Fitzpatrick Simmons, James Simmons and Michelle Mitchell-Foust
- The Idea of a Collective Novel: Essay & Fiction — Larry Fondation
- Taxol: Poems — Fleda Brown
- Gravity’s Box: Short Story — Mark Jay Mirsky
- Death by Fire: The Secret of the Wilde Sisters — Julian Hanna