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As Sentimental as Death and TV

After a funeral, all Briohny Doyle wants to do is rewatch the final episode from Six Feet Under.

Restoring the Astral Balance

Julian R. Murphy tries to ground himself in Paris through a Marina Abramović participatory artwork.

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Stories and Poems:

Ladies' Day

The second comic in our new Millennial Pink series by Emma Jensen takes us on an unfortunate trip to the races.

Late and Soon

Poetry in crisis from Jennifer Compton.

On Writing:

The Meditations: Amaryllis Gacioppo on 'Interstate 15'

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to Going Down Swinging No. 35. This reflection comes from Amaryllis Gacioppo on her piece ‘Interstate 15’....

The Art of Rejection

Former GDS editor Adam Ford on the art of the rejection letter.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The rejection of the upper classes is perhaps the primary theme of Gilmore Girls, next to the enduring love story that is Lorelei and Rory.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Group sex and conveyor-belt babies aside, Brave New World kind of socked me in the heart with all its ideas about happiness and the human condition.