Issue 36 (Aug 2012)
The study of nonduality as we know it can be traced to the sixth century A.H., when the griot Balla Fasseke, the Bard Without Longing, adjured his pupils to “study the After which is not after the Before.”
Jessie says she’s going down to this new club downtown with a few people she met at work. Or maybe it was an old club and a new scene, a new DJ, free drinks, or maybe some friends of a friend. Sonya can’t remember. But anyway it’s tonight and Sonya never could turn down anything Jessie wanted to do.
Long ago the moon grew a city on its skin like nacreous shell around a pearl, and in this barren city lives a goddess who was once a girl.
Rin found the boy bleeding out in an alleyway at half past six on a moon-bright Friday night. He’d curled in on himself in the crook of a shadow like an injured animal, and one whiff of the familiar scent rolling off his clothing had confirmed Rin’s suspicions long before she’d actually caught sight of him.