What I’m Reading

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The Normal School is a bi-annual journal featuring nonfiction, fiction, poetry, criticism and culinary adventure journalism. We are nestled happily into the California State University at Fresno like a comfy spore in a benign and mighty lung. We dig quirky, boundary-challenging, energetic prose and poetry with innovations in content, form, and focus, which isn’t actually as high-falutin’ as it sounds. We’re just sort of the lit mag equivalent of the kid who always has bottle caps, cat’s eye marbles, dead animal skulls, little blue men and other treasures in his pockets.

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“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.”

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”

“I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.”

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“Neither in environment nor in heredity can I find the exact instrument that fashioned me, the anonymous roller that pressed upon my life a certain intricate watermark whose unique designs becomes visible when the lamp of art is made to shine through life’s foolscap.”

Speak, Memory

Vladimir Nabakov

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