When you start working,
everybody is in your studio—
the past,
your friends,
the art world,
and above all,
your own ideas—
all are there.
But as you continue . . .
they start leaving,
one by one,
and you are left completely alone.
Then if you're lucky, even you leave.

—John Cage

Photo: Stacy Chizuk

Now out from the University of New Mexico Press

In this unique new anthology of literary fiction, acclaimed masters and new voices offer stories concerned with the ultimate American tool and technology: firearms.

Guns, as instruments of war, self-defense, hunting, or skill, have been intrinsic to our history and myth for as long as we've been America. They've also figured large in American fiction, from Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales through Crane's Red Badge of Courage through Faulkner's classic “The Bear,” right up to today.

Although political questions about guns—who has them and who ought to have them, whether ownership should be restricted or freely available—have made these objects and their ownership almost undiscussable, Lock & Load looks at firearms from a literary perspective.

Rather than taking a political stance, Lock & Load brings readers the best stories available by living American writers. Artistically significant and thought-provoking, Lock & Load offers fresh, contemporary takes on an archetypal American object.

We have to talk. Because we disagree. Literature gives us words.
Stories give us ways.

Lock & Load—the only book in America helping us have the conversation.
Please follow and like to add your ideas.

Behind him, flashy in red Hong Kong sharkskin, loomed Staretz, Yacovlev, and Rodchenko. The custom suits couldn't contain the bulky bulges that made them all stand so awkwardly.
Chosen by The Iowa Review
Nat Tate was unreal. Hart Crane was real. The story is a fiction on a fiction, the brushy vital verge between fact and dream.
Chosen for this delicious anthology, "A Period of Silence" examines time’s meaning in a marriage.
Winner, STYLE Fiction Prize
The Georgia Review, fall 2009

Quick Links