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Editor's Commentary on "The Thing"

 , June 21, 2020

The Thing is an introspective glimpse into the lived experience of grief -- a grief so palpable that it comes to possess a body and a life of its own. And yet, it remains voiceless and camouflaged, easily undetected by those it does not plague. As our narrator negotiates a life under the steady gaze of longing and despair, she must navigate a landscape in which the supernatural and the actual collide. Though distraction may be found in the soothing pulse of routines and repetition, it is only a temporary deferral of an impending confrontation. When looked directly in the eye, even our most feared demons may bring us solace. 


Sadaf Qureshi