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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
In Profile: Thomas White

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing SmokeLong's own Thomas White for the Writer Profile Project. Read what he has to say about the journal, his latest passion, his taste in books, his bed and breakfast, and more. Plus, find out who the cute pup is in this picture. Click here.
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Monday, June 16, 2008
stats for issue 20
Here are the stats for issue twenty:
Issue Twenty (live from 3/15/08-6/14/08)

3/15-3/31: 45649 page views
4/1-4/30: 78549 page views
5/1-5/31: 83898 page views
6/1-6/14: 36151 page views
Total Issue 20: 244247 page views

Wow. That's crazy how level that is. (Issue 19 had 244134 page views.) A whopping 0.05% increase in page views over the last issue. I'll be fascinated to see what the numbers look like come September—I'd normally expect a double issue like this to generate a lot more traffic, but our numbers have traditionally taken a dip during the summer, so... it'll be interesting.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008
Happy birthday to us!
Today, we celebrate our 5th birthday with a special double issue. Included in this issue:

Issue Twenty Issue Twenty-One (June 15, 2008): Paper Mouse by Bob Arter «» The Folk Singer Dreams of Time Machines by Matt Bell «» The Bone Orchard by Randall Brown «» Disease Relics by Blake Butler «» We Decided to Make Porn by Brian Allen Carr «» The Baby Drop-Off by Natascia Casey-Dean «» The Cougar by Dave Clapper «» Anointed by Myfanwy Collins «» Sister Earth by John Colvin «» Soap by Katrina Denza «» The Interpretation of Light by Murray Dunlap «» The Hole by Ashley Farmer «» Repair Man by Kathy Fish «» In the Kitchen She Wakes by Stefanie Freele «» American Gothic by Scott Garson «» Lobster Girl by Alicia Gifford «» Pen and Notebook by Natalie Goldberg «» Memento Mori by Rosanne Griffeth «» BiC by Steven Gullion «» Parting by Evelyn Hampton «» Tuesday by Lindsay Hunter «» Waiting on Lombard Street by W.P. Kinsella «» Johnny by Nance Knauer «» Like Swimming by Jeff Landon «» Feeling Sad by Darby Larson «» Alone With Cooper by Ellen Meister «» The Angel's Visitation by Corey Mesler «» South Dakota by Mary Miller «» California Fruit by Meg Pokrass «» Home Made by Bruce Holland Rogers «» Handful of Dirt by Jim Ruland «» Steam City Girl by Paul Silverman «» Sugar by Claudia Smith «» The 13th Toast by Amy Sparks «» Gathering by Kelly Spitzer «» Tiny Shadows by Maryanne Stahl «» Double-Exposure by Thomas White «» Epistemology by Joseph Young «» Why This Isn't a Good Story to Tell by Shellie Zacharia «» Liquid by Michelle Zellers «» Real Estate by Bonnie ZoBell «» Interviews: Bob Arter «» Matt Bell «» Randall Brown «» Blake Butler «» Brian Allen Carr «» Natascia Casey-Dean «» Dave Clapper «» Myfanwy Collins «» John Colvin «» Katrina Denza «» Murray Dunlap «» Ashley Farmer «» Kathy Fish «» Stefanie Freele «» Scott Garson «» Alicia Gifford «» Rosanne Griffeth «» Steven Gullion «» Evelyn Hampton «» Lindsay Hunter «» Nance Knauer «» Jeff Landon «» Darby Larson «» Ellen Meister «» Corey Mesler «» Mary Miller «» Meg Pokrass «» Bruce Holland Rogers «» Jim Ruland «» Paul Silverman «» Claudia Smith «» Amy Sparks «» Kelly Spitzer «» Maryanne Stahl «» Thomas White «» Joseph Young «» Shellie Zacharia «» Michelle Zellers «» Bonnie ZoBell «» Cover Art "Five Years of SmokeLong" compiled from art by Marty D. Ison, Robert Dornberg, Malina, and Rebecca Gullickson «» Letter From the Editor

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008
news and such
Huge congratulations to Mary Miller for her forthcoming collection Big World. I can't wait to read it.

This week on Five-Star Literary Stories Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's story Half A Yellow Sun is reviewed. This beautiful story originally appeared in Beverly Jackson's Ink Pot (where I was once an editor) and then later in Zoetrope.

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Monday, June 02, 2008
Top Ten Page Views for May 2008
Well, Almond's "Pornography" is back on top again. I think I always sort of knew that at least part of its page views were coming from folks who weren't necessarily looking for a good story to read. Now that we have our referrers being tracked, it's become a little clearer that that's the case. In looking at the top referrers for "Pornography," seven of the top ten referrers are searches for "Porno" on various different Microsoft search enginges. Ah, well. I hope that a few of them get over their disappointment at not finding pud-pulling material long enough to give it a read. It's a hell of a story.

1. (2) Pornography by Steve Almond (6/15/05)
2. (1) The Cockroach by David Barringer (3/15/08)
3. (5) Ten Very Short Stories by John Leary (3/15/07)
4. (4) Trestle by Matt Briggs (3/15/08)
5. (6) Scrape by Utahna Faith (3/15/08)
6. (3) Worried & Wondering by Aaron Burch (3/15/08)
7. (7) We by Patricia Parkinson (3/15/08)
8. (8) Dead Dog Rising by Kate Hill Cantrill (3/15/08)
9. (NR) The Last Stop by Jenny Halper (3/15/08)
10. (9) Last Fall by Katherine Grosjean (3/15/08)

Expect a shake-up next month, as our birthday issue goes live in a hair under two weeks, so there'll be lots of new content to read.

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