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Though publishing online provides us the opportunity to present fiction free from economic imperative, permitting us, our authors, and our readers to relish in the experiment of expression, one of our great regrets is forgoing the sensation of binding it, printing it, holding the work we proudly select in our hands. Then along comes Dzanc Books, and this gift of a book, Best of the Web, that feels, to us, like the presentation of an award. --Aaron Petrovich and Alex Rose, editors, Hotel St. George

While reading this anthology, you may find yourself muttering, 'Where did Dzanc find such brilliant fiction and non-fiction-y writing? Are they witches?' I don't want to give away too much of the magic, but I will say this ... yes, they are witches. --Eric Spitznagel, web editor, Monkeybicycle

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Nathan Leslie's six books of fiction include Madre, Reverse Negative, A Cold Glass of Milk, and Drivers. Nathan's short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in many print and online magazines. He is fiction editor for The Pedestal Magazine. His website is


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  • Series: Best of the Web
  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books; First edition (July 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979312345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979312342
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,421,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raised in Wichita, Kansas, Richard Jespers has been writing fiction for over thirty years. He graduated from Southwestern College with a bachelor of music, and has played keyboards in a variety of situations. Then he earned an MA in English from Texas Tech University and went on to teach elementary and secondary English in the Lubbock, Texas, public schools for twenty-eight years.

A Pushcart nominee for his short story "My Long-Playing Records," which first appeared in the nationally recognized journal, Boulevard, Richard has also been recognized by the Tennessee Writers Alliance, which honored his story, "Bathed in Pink," also appearing in his new collection. His collected story "Engineer" was given a prize, as well, by The Ledge fiction competition. Other works have appeared in Storyglossia, Mochila Review, Oyez Review, Eclectica Magazine, Gihon River Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Blackbird, and Cooweescoowee.

Richard lives in Lubbock, Texas, with his long-time companion, Ken Dixon. He draws writing inspiration from Tennessee Williams, who once stated: "Any work that has any honesty and a sufficient degree of craftsmanship or power eventually finds an outlet."

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Special K on July 22, 2008
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This great anthology includes "Tattooed People" by Seth Harwood which I first experienced as part of A Long Way From Disney - just one of Seth's FREE podcasts available at
Seth is better known as the author of the amazing Jack Palms Crime podcasts and has gained a huge following among the online community and recently stormed the Amazon charts with the release of Jack Wakes Up on Palms Sunday.
Grab this book and enjoy Seth's wonderful short story among the work of other great writers such as George Saunders, Elizabeth Crane and a whole bunch of others.
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