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Wipe Your Nose Sugar Boy by Mark Albain

If Wipe Your Nose Sugar Boy is situated within Southern Gothic themes, Albain wastes no time getting directly to one of its most central themes—religion. […] Vanity plates and discarded signs indicate that Wipe Your Nose Sugar Boy is set at least in part, in Tennessee. A dead bird, tattered things covered in tarps, and overgrown fauna that follow suggest that in Albain’s South, the gospel is less about prosperity and more about the realism of muted gray tones.

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The Lonely Ones by Gus Powell

The photographs within aren’t in fact all that happy. But they are a shared loneliness. Each photograph is gate folded which means, unless you want your book to become a mess by leaving each gate fold open and therefore the viewing process to also be a mess, it is best to proceed as follows: read text and think, open gate fold, look at photograph, close gate fold, ruminate and move on to the next lonely one.

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