For this, the 2nd Anniversary Issue of TSR, in addition to our on-going review of literary submissions, we thought we'd unleash a little extra summer energy. We took to the Internet with the intention of spotlighting collections of "people photography"—our canvas being anything that was ready and waiting to be viewed by anyone armed simply with a browser and half an eye toward that sort of thing.

As expected, we discovered an enormous amount of material out there, and we can't claim to have breached more than a fraction of it. We've seen the good, the bad, the ugly, and the absolutely gorgeous, and ultimately decided to feature two artists who, like many others, have generously chosen to share their vision with the general public.

In addition to reveling in the images captured by the cameras of Graham Jeffery and Philippe Tarbouriech, we hope that you will share our belief in a subtle but important point, namely that truly wonderful work may be right under our noses. The old saying, The best things in life are free, can be applied here for sure.

To extend this thought into literary print magazines, though these carry a charge per issue, so many of them are not interested in profit and only levy this fee to sustain themselves. Writers are paid little or nothing when they appear in these publications, not unlike the artists freely sharing with us their images on their web sites.

In general, online magazines such as this one cost much less to produce than their print counterparts, and we are in no position to launch an appeal for support, other than to ask that you engage in the stories and essays—and in this case, photo collections—we are publishing quarter after quarter. We sincerely hope there is something in this issue that will inspire you.

Here, you'll read about a ten-year-old boy with a mother quite ill, living in a place where hurricanes hit with unfortunate frequency. Bill Glose says about his story, "Escaping Ocracoke," that it is the mother's wish to spend her remaining time with her son. We were driven to run the piece, though, because of something more—an element of hope we found ourselves reaching urgently for, in the end.

In an age of political correctness where smoking is becoming less and less socially acceptable, Carolyn Thériault finds herself clinging to a battle-worn waterpipe acquired as a graduate student in Egypt. Read about it in her essay, "Confessions of a Waterpipe Smoker."

Julie Ann Castro, in her story, "Morning on Carrer Quintana," brings us a girl's life damaged by multiple circumstances. Herself a teenage model, her mother trying to make a comeback in the acting world and failing, and her father in Barcelona, Anna strives for meaning and resolution in the midst of adversity.

"Our lives are governed by invisible influences that scarcely touch our conscious minds." This is the running thought of William Starr Moake's story, "At Home in the Antipodes," where a man in Buenos Aires recalls a past acquaintance and a desire of hers to go to the land of fire, the southern tip of Argentina.

Once again, we would like to thank our contributors and all those who submitted fine work for consideration in this issue.


My uncle, Barney Confessore, affectionately known as simply Uncle by my family, passed away on June 22, 2004, at the age of 80. A World War II combat medic, editor of New York newspapers and long-time board member of the New York Press Club, this good man was the source of much of my inspiration for reading, writing, editing, and publishing. He will be missed very much. - JL

The Summerset Review
Joseph Levens – Editor
Amy Leigh Owen – Assistant Editor
S. Malkah Cohen – Assistant Editor
A literary journal released quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September, and December. Founded in 2002, the journal is a not-for-profit, zero-revenue Internet publication devoted to the review and publication of unsolicited short stories and essays. Member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). All correspondence and submissions should be emailed to Postal mailing address: 25 Summerset Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787, USA.

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