“Seventeen Across” by Dan Brown
Robert Langdon, Dan Brown’s world-famous Professor of Symbology, is at it again. This time, he uncovers a shocking pattern while doing the Friday crossword: Words that begin with vowels occur far more often in the puzzle than could be expected by random occurrence! It has to mean something! But what? Questions marks????? Or….exclamation points!!!!! The mystery takes us from the sun-baked hamlets of Castille to the “Highlights for Children” at the local pediatrician’s office. With mounting suspense, Langdon’s investigation races on from Crossword to Sudoku to “How Many Socks Do You See In This Picture?”. And all to answer one devastating question that the future of the world could depend upon: What the heck is “Symbology”?
“The Ladle” by Nicole Krauss
It looks like a common kitchen utensil. But it once belonged to Kafka’s cook, and later found it’s way to Sylvia Plath’s stove. Now, as the ladle passes from hand to hand, everyone who possesses it feels an uncontrollable need to share their really depressing interior monologues.
Take a gulp from Krauss’s latest magical stew of a novel, and double-over with your own metaphysical stomach cramps.
“! IS FOR !#&@%^” by Sue Grafton
Popular mystery writer Sue Grafton has finally run out of letters for her alphabet series, after “Y IS FOR YURT” and “Z IS FOR ZYGOTE”. In her latest, “! IS FOR !#&@%^”, Grafton’s gritty Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone attempts to upgrade to Windows 10 and finds herself in an epic swearing fit. Meanwhile, Millhone’s accountant is bludgeoned to death with a soup ladle. Is it a premeditated murder? Or has a reader of Nicole Krauss’s long-winded prose finally gone berserk and committed a random act of violence? And can Millhone get Windows 10 working before the killer strikes again? Or will there be more #!&@%^! ? It’s all spun together as only Grafton and a number of other writers like her can do it.
Also in this issue:
- A new stanza to “The Wheels on the Bus”.
- Poetry by somebody you never heard of.
- Special Audio Feature: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg does a dramatic reading of Anais Nin’s, “Delta of Venus”.