From Nathan Knapp's Real Life in the Heady Days of Dial-Up: We judge our adolescent selves because experience has given us the privilege of kwing that the world doesn't have to end when our first girlfriend or boyfriend breaks up with us. Experience gives us the kwledge that there are much worse fears ahead. But the privilege of experience is still privilege, and the coruscating light that it shines on the miseries of our adolescences is often as false as it is true.From Ruth Gila Berger's Now. Here. Crazy. But Still.: Consider the slinky. Used for divination it's a pretty accurate predictor of how fucked up interpersonal expectations can play out end over end to the bottom. Consider the slinky a self-fulfilling prophecy. It doesn't do all that much as a toy. Bling, bling, bling. Down the stairs a couple times and you lose interest. Give it rainbow colors and maybe each moment it looks different. But the slinky falls end over end to its conclusion.Volume 4 of Frequencies picks up where previous issues have left off, with artful essays that challenge the current nfiction prescription.Charles Hastings, Jr., reports on factory work-a-day life in Alabama, Nathan Knapp reflects on teenage romance in the days of dial-up, and Ruth Gila Berger writes about the evolution of life plans and the shaping a new American family.Plus: Nicholas Rombes tackles the wave of violent nineteenth-century fiction, new work from Erick Lyle, and more
Nicholas Rombes is author of CINEMA IN THE DIGITAL AGE and RAMONES, from the 33 1/3 series. He writes for The Rumpus and FILMMAKER MAGAZINE, where he is a contributing editor. His work has appeared in THE BELIEVER, 3: AM MAGAZINE, and other places. He can be found at thehappinessengine.net. Nathan Knapp has had work published by HTMLgiant, elimae, The Boiler, The Fiddleback, and others. He is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Oklahoma State University and am the editor of The Collapsar, a new lit magazine. Charles Ray Hastings, Jr., is a twenty-six year old writer/musician, who writes for Valley Planet in Huntsville, AL. Ruth Gila Berger has been published in Chelsea Review, Creative Nonfiction, Emrys Journal, Great River Review, GSU Review, Gulf Coast and Water Stone. Ruth's list of finalist commendations is long and storied, the last one being from Arts & Letters for their 2012 Nonfiction Award. Beyond that, life is simple. Ruth lives in Minneapolis and works in the publishing industry. Now. Here. Crazy. But. Still is one piece of an almost finished memoir. Erick Lyle is a writer, musician, activist, and zine editor. Born in Orlando, FL, Erick grew up in South Florida, and has lived in Miami, Richmond, VA; Little Rock, AR; Eureka, CA; Chattanooga, TN; New Orleans, LA; and Berkeley, CA. He is the author of On the Lower Frequencies and the acclaimed zine, Scam.