Amber Sparks Archive

On Scab-Picking and Other Such Transformations

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At the heart of it, the simple matter of learning about the things you can’t control and struggling to control the ones you can come in just as many forms as those things themselves.

The Best Short Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Men and Women Like Him” by Amber Sparks

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In “Men and Women Like Him” (Guernica), Amber Sparks explores dark tourism from the perspective of a time traveling tour guide who must ensure that historical tragedies don’t change—even when those tragedies become personal.Sparks drops us right into scene in the first couple paragraphs, letting the action and scenario