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Little Patuxent Review – “The Augury”

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I am happy to announce that my piece, “The Augury,” has been printed in the 19th issue of Little Patuxent Review. The narrator of the short story reflects on his experience in a foreign country, during which he’d come into fleeting contact with the alterity of another culture’s myth and folk lore. I love the piece – it’s brief and was written in transit, and at the present time it reminds me of adventure and unfamiliarity when life is beginning to seem oppressively familiar.

Little Patuxent Review is an amazing magazine out of Maryland. It’s a print publication, and a copy of issue 19 costs $12. You can order the issue or subscribe to Little Patuxent Review here.

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About Little Patuxent Review:

Little Patuxent Review (LPR) is a journal of literature and the arts, publishing poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction and artwork. LPR welcomes most US-based contributors and prides itself on supporting both up-and-coming and well-established artists and writers. Please see our submission guidelines for more details.

LPR’s mission is to promote the tradition of literary and visual arts through our:

LPR reflects and draws upon the creativity and diversity of the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond by promoting the literary and visual arts in print and throughout the region’s community and educational venues.

Each subscription to LPR supports the arts in your community. You get two amazing issues per year for only $24. Subscribe today!

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LPR was named for Little Patuxent River, one of the three major tributaries of the Patuxent River. Like LPR, the river flows over stones — the Algonquin word “patuxent” means “water flowing over smooth stones” — through Howard County, Maryland, gathering strength as it carries content to the Chesapeake Bay and out toward the larger world.

LPR was founded in 2006 by a group of local writers — Mike Clark, Ann Bracken, Ann Barney, Brendan Donegan — to fill the void left when a periodical of the same title, founded by poets Ralph and Margot Treital, closed a quarter century ago.

They envisioned LPR as a forum for area writers and artists. In doing so, LPR not only provides readers with a diverse array of local offerings, but also attracts contributors of national repute.

LPR has featured poetry from Donald Hall, Poet Laureate of the United States and Michael Glaser, Poet Laureate of Maryland. In addition, from Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award winner Stanley Plumly, the late Lucille Clifton, winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Poetry and recipient of the Robert Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Society of America and Joy Harjo, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.

There has been fiction from Edith Pearlman, whose collection Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award,  Michael Chabon, whose Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Rafael Alvarez, whose screenwriting contributed to the critically acclaimed television series Homicide: Life in the Streets and The Wire, and Manil Suri, whose The Death of Vishnu became an international bestseller.

There have been myriad early efforts from writers and artists who will look back on Little Patuxent Review as the publication that gave them their start

 

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Bitchin’ Kitsch – “The Embarcadero”

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This story is entitled “The Embarcadero” and it’s been published in a lovely little zine called The Bitchin’ Kitsch. It’s to be found in the May 2014 issue, on page 16. “The Embarcadero” isn’t exactly a break up story (though it’s enough of a break up story that an editor or two has informed me they prefer not to publish break up stories). Rather, in my mind, it’s more about a missed connection. I think most people have seen love thwarted by circumstances that would otherwise seem peripheral. We have experiences in which we just can’t seem to get the timing right. The story is also just a moment, and I will never stop being thrilled by the narrative potential of small and insignificant acts.

 The Bitchin’ Kitch lives up to its name. The zine’s progenitors are two people, Chris and Dana Talbot-Heindl. These humans are of nebulous age and origin, but I like to imagine them with dual work stations set up in a basement apartment of some Midwest suburban triplex, living beneath a grandmother (possibly one of their own) and expelling a lot of creative energy. As you can see in their bios below, they cover a broad swath, from graphic design, to creative writing, to dub step, and even from afar their passion is infectious (I want them to be my friends). They also make a bitching calendar (which was, I admit, partly what prompted me to seek publication with them – I still haven’t submitted my photo for consideration, but I intend to.)

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The Bitchin’ Kitsch is a zine for artists, poets, prose writers, or anyone else who has something to say. it exists for the purpose of open creativity.

If you have something you want to share, please email it to chris@talbot-heindl.com. Are you a video or music artist? Submit your YouTube link or original file to dana@talbot-heindl.com. All submissions are due on the 26th for the following month’s issue. Please review the submission guidelines on our Submissions page before submitting your work.

The Talbot-Heindl Experience is just that – an escapade of exposure to the sophisticated knowledge of a Talbot-Heindl.

The background of each Talbot-Heindl is expansive and ever-growing. Feel free to explore the links provided to see just some of what a Talbot-Heindl is capable of.

Contact with a Talbot-Heindl is a unique experience in that there are only two beings in the known universe of that name and when you work with one, you get the complete package – work, personality, and wit.

With each new episode of exploit with a Talbot-Heindl, you are guaranteed a good humored, creative, but also professional job well done.

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Chris Talbot-Heindl: I was born in a relatively benign city to a relatively benign family and should have grown to become a relatively benign person. However, my penchant for reading novels about the downtrodden in America and political/social events in my life has shaped me into an indignant person and artist. As a person whose wool has been undeniably pulled from my eyes, I feel an unquenchable urge to run around pulling the wool from others’ – to help other people realize that the government and society of this nation does not give a rat’s ass about the individual, but as individuals, we cannot afford to conform. The only answer to America’s conformity is disobedience, and I intend to disobey wherever humanly possible.

Dana, aka McFishenburger, enjoys long walks on the beach, David Hasselhoff, and Beavis and Butthead, aheh-heh. He is big into video games, making electronic music, artistic endeavors, and one-upping MacGyver. In his spare time, he beta tests unreleased video games, dismantles and rebuilds computer equipment in a never-ending battle agains the BSOD, creates thumptastic wubwub, and makes sassy comments and art. He hopes to one day become a creative director for EA Games, travel overseas, and to live in a warmer climate on an art commune.

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Serving House Journal – “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights”

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The story is titled “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights,” and it is published in Issue 9 of Serving House Journal. “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights” is about a conversation with a methamphetamine addict in a bar in Santa Cruz at a time when I was too young to patronize bars. The heart of the piece is derived from staging and ambience. If there’s a deep truth to be plucked from this story, it might have something to do with the ways that our hedonism blinds us, or puts us in harm’s reach. It might also be about a man willing to put himself halfway in danger, but never all the way.

The Serving House Journal is amazing. I’ve been very lucky with some of my publications thus far, and though the Paris Review hasn’t been kicking down my door, journals like Serving House keep finding room to include my work. Not only is this publication showcasing superb contemporary literature, they have an editorial staff whose talent hurts my brain – Duff Brenna, Clare McQueen, and Thomas E. Kennedy (who has work appearing beside mine in Issue 9) to name a few. (Honestly, if you’re reading this Duff, Clare, edit all of my fiction for me forever.)


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Serving House mission statement:

Serving House Journal endeavors to publish works in the literary and visual arts that will surprise, rivet, amuse, charm, enchant — even electrify— our readers.

Our mission is to play an international role in fostering and preserving the best of what the literary arts are capable of doing: writing that may impel others to become writers themselves; writing that will add to and enhance the dialogue of the arts; writing that reaffirms our belief in the inspiring possibilities of the written word.

We celebrate the imaginative voice, the authentic attitude towards the status quo “world of letters.” We like lean-edgy-elegant writing that takes on the stupefying realities of our challenging times, our thorny relationships, the political chicanery that exhausts our patience, the contraries between men, women, children, and friends.

We’re looking for work that strives to eclipse clichés, stereotypes, and mass-market formulas gleaned from what has become more and more a “reality show,” a “sit-com,” a stultifying Wal-Mart of the mind. “Expect poison from standing water,” William Blake once told us. “The cistern contains; the fountain overflows.”

Inscribe the flow of the world as you see it. Send that world to us. We promise you a fair reading.

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Johnny America – “My Love Is Going To My Love”

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My Love Is Going To My Love is the title of a short story recently published with Johnny America.  The story represents not exactly a sea change, but a slow evolution in my approach to writing – more Spartan and even less plot driven – in which meaning might rise more from staging and impressionism than conflict and closure. The piece is about a man travelling to see his lover.  I think it’s entertaining, even funny at times, and I’d love to hear any feedback that someone might have for me.

 Johnny America is the publication in which My Love Is Going To My Love appears. I love these guys. They manage to find some of the funniest, most entertaining fiction out there. The fact that I genuinely believe they have a brilliant eye for talent just makes me all the more flattered to have written a story deemed worthy of publication by their editorial staff.’

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Johnny America is a large rabbit who lives in a bungalow on the Moon between two rivers of wine (one red, one white). He is the also namesake of this website of fiction, humor, and other miscellany and of the Johnny America print zine that’s published sporadically by the Moon Rabbit Drinking Club & Benevolence Society (ISSN 1553-9177).

Johnny America spends most of his days lounging against a low crater, fishing rod in paw. Some afternoons he helps plow the cheese fields — to earn extra money for carrots — but usually he’s in the valley cut by the Mercer and Mancini Rivers, idling. The fish on the Moon are constantly drunk and easy to catch. They look almost exactly like bass but taste of marmalade and cinnamon.

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Review of Issue #9 by Pioneer Press: 

Sometimes we come across a zine and we’re like, “This. This is why we run a distro.” Johnny America is put together by local Lawrence folks (and fellow Rocket Grant Recipients!) Emily Lawton, Patrick Giroux, and Jonathan Holley and it hit us like a well-stocked ‘fridge dropped from space. Bam. Splat. Since 2003, Lawton, Giroux, and Holley (aka the Moon Rabbit Drinking Club) have been turning the McSweeney’s vibes of their early stuff into a whole new beast that’s all their own. Funny, smart, brave, and not afraid to take big steps into The Weird, Johnny America might be the best literary zine in the country. With a great silkscreened/stitched cover and interior design by Giroux, issue 9 is hot-damn enough to give the Paris Review a run for their money (and we say this as loyal Paris Review subscribers). Seriously, smart people of the world who have a love for short stories, beautiful ideas, and nonbullshitty things: This zine is a keeper like that big fucking rainbow trout your dad’s got on his wall.

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Bound Off – “Climbing”

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I have another story that is now available for consumption.  This is a piece that I’m quite proud of.  It’s titled “Climbing,” and was picked up by Bound Off, an online publication that I’ve had my sites on for a while.  I’m terrible at describing my own work, but the Bound Off editors responsible for their newsletter wrote this: “In Climbing, Ben Leib’s young protagonists wrangle their way through court dates and friendship.”  I think they got it just right.

While Bound Off is not available to read online, it is available to listen to!  That’s right, I’m officially podcasted.  You can listen to the Bound Off Short Story Podcast: Issue 95 on the publication’s website, or you can download the podcast via iTunes.  I highly recommend investigating past issues as well, as Bound Off has consistently been publishing incredible work for seven years now.


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Bound Off is a monthly magazine of literary short stories, founded in 2006 and based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our mission is to merge the oral tradition of storytelling with new technology to create a digital audio magazine. Bound Off is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to paying authors for their work. All staff are unpaid volunteers. We aspire to showcase work that is compelling and driven by narrative, with a force that keeps the listener listening. We are dedicated to publishing stories by both the established and emerging writer. In our interview on Duotrope’s Digest (an extensive, searchable database of current fiction and poetry markets), we discuss our decision-making process and you can view our average response rates.

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Black and White Magazine, Red Ochre Press – “Je Vais Bien”

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I am so pleased to announce my most recent publication.  The story is titled “Je Vais Bien,” and the periodical is Black and White – one of the amazing journals being published out of Red Ochre Press.

The story is a gem.  It’s about a man who traps himself so deeply in a web of lies that he doesn’t see any escape. It’s a street wandering story, because there are times at which, faced with nothing else to invest one’s time in, the only thing to do is simply go outside and pretend that you have a destination.

Unfortunately, the most recent update is that Red Ochre Lit has gone defunct, and the publication is no longer available for purchase. Which I feel is so unfortunate, because not only was the publication releasing quality literature, but the declared politics of the publishers were commendable.


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“It is a mysterious and complicated business, bringing together muscles and brain, memory and desire, and a rhythm of motions and subconscious impulses…No wonder most good writers approach writing with just a twinge of terror in their bones.”  –Richard Marius
RED OCHRE PRESS exists as a publishing house and a community advocate for all things literary. We publish premier, contemporary literature. This includes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews & essays. While our primary goal is to showcase the work of experienced authors, we feature emerging writers as well. A multicultural organization, we venerate voices from around the world, taking pride in writers whose work is both innovative and captivating.

This press was founded on the belief that reading and writing are becoming dying pastimes. In a world where people choose daily to flip through 1,000 channels instead of pages, writers must perfect their work and present it via widely accessible media venues. First and foremost, however, we, as writers, must lose our fear of rejection and submit polished pieces for publication.

Truly, this represents the crux of RED OCHRE LiT, BLACK&WHITECATEGORY 2, and ROLiT NEWS, resoiling the grains of our literary ancestors and what they worked so hard for.

To really drive this notion home, RED OCHRE PRESS offers a number of local workshops to help writers refine their literary crafts. We have groups geared for youths and adults. Our FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS not only usher writers into their creative zones, but also takes them through an actual publication journey. Students mold their skills, creating powerful literature as they build a readership. This is paramount in a writer’s literary universe and it is key to reviving the world’s interest in reading.

You will also be thrilled to learned about our new REVIEW & PROMOTION SERVICES. Learn how RED OCHRE PRESS can help in your publication journey. We review manuscripts, offer editorial suggestions to strengthen  pieces, and help to promote your work!

SIDE NOTE: RED OCHRE LiT & BLACK&WHITE are currently accepting submissions and we invite you to read our past archives and SUBMIT your work!

Lastly, monetary donations help maintain a foundation for our works, all of which are printed. We ask that you participate in our KEEP RED OCHRE ALIVE CAMPAIGN

Cheers to yet another wave of writing!

Until next time,
Editors of RED OCHRE PRESS

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:

Mimi Ferebee is the editor-in-chief of RED OCHRE PRESSoverseeing the publication of RED OCHRE LiT, ROLiT NEWS, and BLACK&WHITE.
While originally from California, she resides in Virginia with husband, Melvin, and son, Melthias Jai.

A graduate of the College of William and Mary, she received degrees in both English (emphasis in Creative Writing and Literature) and Psychology (emphasis in Behavioral and Developmental Science).

She recently retired a career as a clinical therapist to pursue her primary passions of writing and editing full-time. When not working on completing her novel “In the Distant Marshes” and various other literary projects, she diligently works to complete applications for doctoral programs. She wants to obtain a PhD in English Literature.

Mimi also works with at-risk youth, refining their reading and composition skills. She spends many evenings in detention centers and twice as many weekend mornings at libraries working with this population. She prides herself on being an advocate for her students, helping them not only perceive, but achieve their potential.

Her literary work has been featured recently in several journals, magazines and reviews, including Onè? Respè!Contemporary World Literature, Decanto Magazine (United Kingdom), Both Sides Now, Flutter Poetry Journal, Leaning House Press, Caper Literary Journal, ChickenBones: A Journal, Menopause Press, Taj Mahal Review (India), Black Magnolias Literary Journal Houston Literary Review. 

Look for upcoming publications in the award-winning journals, African American Review and phati’tude Literary Magazine. She will also have features in the revered Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, James Dickey Review, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Pirene’s Fountain, among others.

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Mosaic Art & Literary Magazine – “The Brave Man who Lives in my Gullet Whispers”

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Hello lovely friends.  I am happy to announce that my short piece, “The Brave Man who Lives in my Gullet Whispers,” has just been released in issue 52 of Mosaic Art and Literary Magazine.  Despite the fact that this story is another schlock effort – thinly veiled autobiography, dense with sex and drugs – I think it’s one of my best – I may say that often, but in this case the sentiment is genuine.  I had been waiting for a publication to pick this one up for a while, and I believed all along that it was a story with more merit than most of what I end up writing.  I am honored that Mosaic accepted the piece, and that this story is appearing alongside the work of a selection of brilliant authors.  The story is about cowardice in so many of its manifestations.  It elaborates the measures that a man might take in pursuit of what he wants, while concurrently sabotaging his own every effort.  I think that it’s one of my best, a story worth reading.

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Luckily, the folks at Mosaic Art and Literary agree with me.  The piece came out in issue 52 of the magazine, and can be purchased directly from the publishers.  If you’d like to purchase a book, please email your request to ucr.mosaic@gmail.com, and send a check to their mailbox ($10 + $3 for shipping). Recipient of check should read: UCR Creative Writing Department, Mosaic.  They will then mail the book to you.  If purchasing more than one issue, the shipping will go up.  In that case, let them know, and they will calculate the total.

Or, if you live in the Riverside area and can come to campus, you can schedule an appointment via email and stop by our office (INTN 4002).  Notice: Since Mosaic is a student-run organization, we will not be selling books during the summer between June 15 and October 1. Please keep these dates in mind.

Mailing Address:
Student Life, 229 HUB (Mosaic Club)
University of California Riverside
900 University Ave. 
Riverside, CA 92521

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About Mosaic:

Mosaic is an art and literary journal based at the University of California, Riverside.  It is undergraduate-run and publishes one volume per year since it began as a group of poets in 1958. Today, it has expanded to create a home not only for poets but all writers, musicians, and artists. Mosaic accepts a wide variety of creative work from the public and hosts community outreach events, including its popular Open Mics, through a Gluck Fellowship. Everyone is welcome to attend and/or participate.

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Pisgah – “The Memoirist’s Christmas”

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The name of this piece is “The Memoirist’s Christmas.”  It’s about wallowing in the depths of sobriety.  I think that sometimes, when someone’s in a particular mood, a mood that leads that person to feel as if the world cannot accommodate them, then she or he might also be led to conclude that the world is unaccommodating in general.  This piece was certainly written from a place of misanthropy and the fear through which that distrust is derived.  I’m really proud of this story, and was elated to hear about its acceptance into “Pisgah.”

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“Pisgah” is the publication that was wonderful enough to publish “The Memoirist’s Christmas.”  They operate out of the creative writing department at Brevard College, in Brevard, North Carolina.  The story is available in print, which means that it is not posted online.  If you’d like to order a copy, you’ll have to send the editor, Jubal Tiner, a check for $7.  Unfortunately, the editor can be a difficult man to pin down.

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Temenos – “My Portrait in the Memorial”

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So, another piece has been published and is available to read online.  This is a short narrative essay titled “My Portrait In the Memorial.”  It’s a story about an incident that traumatized my community while I was in junior high school.  I had a lot of issues writing this piece, and was even more conflicted when I began submitting it for publication.  But I believe that I was as honest as I could be (as if honesty is an excuse for publication), and I believe that it accurately reflects the ambiguities and ambivalences of unimaginable tragedy, so I hope that I acted reasonably here.  Feel free to contact me with feedback, positive or negative.  I’m always receptive.  This is a sad story but I hope that anybody who checks it out might find something to take from it.

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The story was accepted by Temenos Literary JournalTemenos is the Central Michigan University graduate literary journal, founded in 2000. The magazine has no philosophical or esthetic allegiances. They publish poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art by new and established writers and artists.

The Greek word “temenos” refers both to the ancient Greek concept of sacred space and the Jungian ‘safe spot’ where one may bring the unconscious into the light of consciousness. Temenos’ mission is to bring to light works that are engaging, memorable, and fearless.

They accept submissions year round. Please see their submission guidelines for more information.

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Read the story: http://www.temenosjournal.com/nonfiction/Leib.htm

Temenos homepage: http://www.temenosjournal.com/index.html

Temenos archives: http://www.temenosjournal.com/archive.html

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Constellations – “Turn into the Skid”

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Well, it’s been a little while, but I have another pieced that was recently released for publication.  “Turn into the Skid” is the story of me failing to heed that sage piece of wisdom documented in the title.  In my defense, when you’re veering out of control it’s counter-intuitive to turn into the skid, but que sera, right?  This story also happens to be about what it means to be defined by the things that you own, and the fleetingness of objects.  If you know me from Santa Cruz, and remember when I got into this accident, then this story might be particularly interesting to you.

While the piece is not available online, you can order Volume 2 of Constellations, titled Upheaval, from Createspace for the totally reasonable price of $10.  Just click this link to be redirected to the order page.

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About Constellations’ editor:

Nina Rubinstein Alonso, editor of Constellations, has published in Ploughshares, The New Yorker, Sumac, Avatar, Women-Poems, U. Mass. Review, and New Boston Review, among other places, and her first book This Body was printed by Godine Press.

She taught English literature at Brandeis University and U. Mass., Boston, while continuing training in ballet and exploring modern dance.  (Crazy enough, and in my opinion her greatest achievement, is that she might – totally incidentally – be related to me.  The Petaluma Jewish community was somewhat incestual not too many generations back.)

Saturated with academia, she taught at Boston Ballet for eleven years, and performed in their Nutcracker, until sidelined by injuries. She makes her living teaching at Fresh Pond Ballet in Cambridge, MA. She says, “Now is the time for fresh voices in poetry and fiction. I’m looking for a new constellation.”

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