Savoy Magazine Farewell
Savoy ceased regular publication March 1, 2000.
“And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle!”
Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 5
“Thank God it’s over.”
I was a huge fan of Savoy Mag, enjoying the prose as well as the amazing photographs and digetal images. Your viewers,such as myself, were sadden to see the notice posted by the Savoy Editor, G.K. Nelson. But hey, if the "fun" is no longer there, it's perfectly understandable. Although we, your audience, casually, passionately, eagerly, visited Savoy Mag and engaged, we never had to do any of the hard work which went on behind the curtains.
Early mornings, I would step out onto my deck clad in bluejeans and one of my many special Batman hoodies that I collect. Aside from being passionate about reading, I also am into DC and Marvel Comics and all their amazing heroes and villains. Right now I am in a all things Batman phase. I found a great new site online that does a great job offering loads of Batman related T-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts. I have very graphic images on some of my hoodies, while others look like amazing illustrations. And don't let me get started on my collection of Batman T-shirts. I love the new sublimated prints. They look so awesome. Anyway, every morning I would hang out on my deck, enjoying the view of Castle Valley just outside of Moab, drinking a warm mug of coffee, reading email, checking out Savoy Mag, speed reading through the news, posting a bit on Facebook, and generally putting off getting to work. Just the start to another day.
Recently I discovered that the domain for Savoymag.org was available so I bought it with the goal of saluting all the hard work done by the editors, so we could enjoy the artists and writers who shared their work with us. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain once more and re-purposing the site for something that had nothing in common with the original website. I apologize for not posting all the wonderful content that was available in the site's archived pages. I have included just one piece of prose, The Doubler by Raymond Abruzzi although there were dozens of others available, along with three examples of the type of photographs & digital images found in the Savoy Gallery.
Needless to say, we miss you, Savoy Mag, but are glad that you exisited for those three wonderful years.
In an anything-for-a-hit bid for popularity, Savoy resorts to toilet humor. Next we’re featuring naked women. Essay
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Linda Alvarado encounters an interesting entry in the Carpenteria, California, Christmas parade. Happy holidays! Essay
I Can Hear the Dove Laughing
Harper Lee warned us to have a healthy respect for avians; here’s the reason. Humor
Linda Alvarado considers the plight of extinction. Fiction
Terry Baker remembers three American cities in these prose poems and illustrations (images are large). Memoir
Nicole Blake recalls a cancer ward, a paraplegic, needles in her father’s arm, the story of a dog, and a sudden silence. Fiction
Exhibition Entitled Phil
According to Blake, a dead, half-eaten bird portends certain catastrophe. Fiction
Many of us in rural areas can’t imagine urban meaning home. steve brownlee begs to differ. Essay
C. E. Chaffin — The Eric Chronicles
A View from the Crib
In the first of his Eric stories, C. E. Chaffin takes a broad view from the crib. Fiction
Following the Light
Eric’s first adventure in the real world ends in an encounter with the police. Fiction
The Broken Buddha
C. E. Chaffin tells the story of a shattered relationship and a broken relationship. Fiction
My First God
Like a first confession, C. E. Chaffin recalls a first religious experience. Fiction
A Conquest of Sorts
Jim Chandler spends an evening ruminating in the Last Ditch Attempt Saloon and goes home with the barmaid of his country-western dreams. Fiction
Care to know why they call snowboarders athletes? This essay explains it all. Essay
In his latest short fiction, Charles Corbit takes a dive to build circulation. Be careful of that ripcord, Eugene... Fiction
Under the Table
Remembering the history of a dining room table. Essay
Charles Corbit stakes his future on the toss of a coin. Fiction
To Kill a Man
Charles Corbit considers the realtime consequences of killing an intruder. Essay
Chicken or Fish
Following an auspicious debut with Topless, Laura Denham weaves the masterful tale of a businessman flying cross-country to visit a college-aged daughter. Fiction
A former topless bar hostess comes to the realization that everyone is selling something. Essay
A neo-noir tale opens on a moonlit, foggy night, a would-be suicide, the I Ching, and a Jaguar slipping through the darkness. Fiction
The story is as old as families are: the child is anxious to flee the nest and the mother wants to hold him for as long as she is able. Fiction
Just a Skosh of Kyoto
Charlie comes away from a trip to Kyoto with a Hanshin Tigers baseball cap and a nod from the Amida Buddha. Travelogue
Talking Cabbage Heads
That lettuce crisp enough for you? Need the makings for a good salad? In his latest story, Charlie Dickinson takes a walk down the produce side of life. Fiction
A Page among Books
From the Reformation Papacy to the present, the life of a library page remains largely unchanged. Essay
“That night, he slept only because imagining what was next from this retro-Sixties flower child was too much for him to bring up on his screen.” Fiction
A Moral Victory
Our Dublin native celebrates the new-found peace in Northern Ireland. Essay
Conway and the Devil
Steven Duggan further demonstrates an astute insight into human nature with his look at an peculiar love triangle. Fiction
Where does a father turn when his carefully constructed universe begins to unravel around him? Fiction
When Jesus Cut Ruth’s Eye
In a remarkable short story, Steven Duggan recounts the formative years of a unique child. Fiction
Martha Nemes Fried
The Last Summer
Martha Nemes Fried recounts the events of a last summer fling before the end of innocence brought by World War II. Fiction
The Matinee Idol
A matinee idol teaches Martha Nemes Fried a valuable lesson in becoming a great playwright.
Preston M. Heller
In the world of noir, they say a woman with blue eyes can walk into a grocer’s and change a man’s life forever. Fiction
Kathleen Burk Henderson
From the Shade of the Ivory Tower
When the New York Review of Books laments the decline of English departments in American universities, Ms. Henderson not only identifies, she thinks she understands the reason why.
Clinton and the Jesuits
Kathleen Burk Henderson considers President Bill Clinton’s behavior on the witness stand during the White House sex scandal, and decides a Jesuit education may be, in part, to blame. Essay
In a frank, almost brutal discourse, the writer remembers his alcoholic grandfather. Essay
The Simple Truth
Michael Jarrette-Kenny pays homage to the chaos theory with his study of the six characters involved (directly or indirectly) in a serial killing.
My Funny Valentine
George Johnson maps the territory of a crumbling relationship. Fiction
In a magnificently macabre tapestry, Alan Kaufman weaves the tale of apartment 500, a pair of exterminators, some Buddhists, and a grisly cockroach infestation. Fiction
The San Francisco Literary Scene
In a shameless (and charming) bit of self-promo, poet Alan Kaufman takes a look at the current state of letters near the Golden Gate. Essay
In her Savoy debut, Marie Kazalia is shaken up in San Francisco. Everyone evacuate! This is not a drill! Fiction
The Grand Mother
A failed actress is another in a long list of deaths for an old woman. Fiction
Snailmail Submissions: Submit No More!
In her Savoy debut, Sharon Kourous takes time to answer all her paper-pushing editors. Humor
In a poignant depiction of his childhood, Garry Ladouceur remembers a phantom red dress. Memoir
Rebuttal: Answering the Doubler
Wherein the author pleads for compassion from Ray Abruzzi in the name of male bonding. Essay
Reclaiming the Edge
There is a tightwire between love and hate: Alex Machurov wants to walk it. Essay
So Sue Me, Maxwell Stillwell
When a freshman obsession blossoms into a budding romance, is the outcome a mature relationship or the meeting of two suck monkeys? Michael Maiello sketches the course of a college society.
J.M. Martinez finds the dramatic possibilities in a 43-year-old woman, a chow dog, a greasy diner, beer and some napkins.
Karen K. Masullo
In her Savoy debut, Karen Masullo recalls a grandmother’s recipes and indiscretions. Fiction
Me and the Big Guy Down in Baja
Web diarist Rory Miller went to Baja in search of peace of mind and brought more than he bargained for. Essay
In the narrow, mythical world of Hebron, a single willow tree takes on almost religious significance.
G. K. Nelson
In Savoy fiction, G. K. Nelson considers a quality of mercy strained to its reasonable limits. Fiction
Sharing the morning repast with a unique companion. Prose Poem
Meet musician Jesse Tyler, therapist Mary McAlister, cancer patient Paul Murphy and an entourage of quirky friends in this serialized novel. Fiction
Just after the turn of the twentieth century, my grandmother wanted to become a cat; this story records her attempt. Fiction
When night ascended, we went into her bedroom and opened all the windows and turned out the lights and took off our clothes and climbed into bed and made the most solemn love this side of Golgotha... Fiction
Brunch in Heaven
On the way to their mother’s cremation, the characters in Patrick Nilsson’s “Brunch in Heaven” kick up a little moon dust.
Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Chicken Soup I Learned from the Celestine Women of Venus
Want to know the meaning of life? Forget the usual pop psychology and check the psychobabble at Savoy.
Reflections on the meaning of a dance repertory company’s performance. Fiction
On a rainy afternoon, an ostrich considers burying its head in the sand. Fiction
The Feminist at Home
The husband has a flash of illumination and defends women’s rights; how will it effect the wife? Fiction
Tell Me When You Finish
A story of composure and shirt stains on the eve of the apocalypse. Fiction
Projecting a United Will
From his perch in a treehouse aerie, poet Elisha Porat imagines how the universe might be changed by a world community united in one step and in one accord. Translated from the Hebrew by Hanna Lasch.
The Guns of Nippon
An American educator living in Japan considers cultural differences in attitude toward guns within the two societies. Commentary
Aftermath: Nothing Much Happens at Suburban High School
While pundits discuss platitudes, high school teacher Sharon Rose copes with real world adolescent fallout in the wake of the Columbine shooting.
Chad Sanborn teaches a lesson in the merits of back seat necking in this short story; we are, of course, attentive pupils. Fiction
Losing My Voice
Martin Schneider reflects on the recent history of the Village Voice, now that Stern Publishing has announced that the Manhattan alternative weekly is for sale.
Patti K. See
When Sweet Meant Good
In her Savoy debut, Patti K. See recalls a time when sweet meant good. Fiction
The Flowers and the Gun
Christopher Stewart tells the story of the shooting of a hapless victim in an expensive garden. Fiction
An old man bends to the task of whittling eternity. Fiction
For the protagonist in Cally Taylor’s latest short story, erasing history comes at a high cost. Fiction
View from the Floor
“I wear my bruise like a crown...” begins a simple tale of domestic violence. Fiction
Cally Taylor weaves a tale of insomnia, would-be romance and the restless sea. Fiction
“Of course I’ve tried to diet. Do you think I’m a complete imbecile as well as obese?” Mary snapped irritably. Fiction
Attention, students. Today we get a lesson in the execution of the perfect crime. Fiction
The lover watches the brain-damaged beloved deteriorate in a hospital bed. Fiction
A Nasty Surprise...
An escaping prisoner plots a nasty surprise for the delivery boy, and gets one in the process. Fiction
The Piccolo Player
Did you hear the one about ... ? A fresh retelling of an ancient joke brings a hitchhiker face-to-face with the world’s greatest piccolo player.
Ambrose Scott Handel and the Crazy Girl
She isn’t much in the looks department, excepting her green eyes; but, MAN!, can that girl ever suck candy canes! Fiction
Seizing the Fleece
In his latest very short fiction, Don Taylor recreates the aftermath of a daring robbery. Hey! We’ve been fleeced!
Don Taylor outlines thirty years of romantic history in this very, very short fiction. Fiction
From Saturday Night Live to Kids in the Hall and beyond, Savoy’s resident film critic pays homage to television sketch comedy. on Television
The Other One
A pleasant afternoon picnic turns macabre in a dark tale by Savoy staffer Bjorn Thomson. Uh, honey, I've changed my mind about the catsup. Fiction
The Glass Teat
Bjorn Thomson has just plugged his electronic umbilical cord into the cable system. Humor
From the safety of his locked room, Bjorn Thomson explores a few of society’s taboos. Humor
Mr. Thomson turns his acid wit on the fair emotion. Humor
Memo to Sophocles
Savoy unearths a series of memos to and from the Greek dramatist, Sophocles. Humor
What distinguishes a good painting from a great one? Or a good play from a timeless classic? This essay explains the difference. Essay
This just in to the anchor desk: bad news is inevitable, and everyone will get some. Essay
Edward M. Turner
For Edward M. Turner, the small drama in a boy’s life may play out in a pail of water. Fiction
Larry Van Guilder
Better Safe Than Sorry
In a tribute to the noir genre, Larry Van Guilder figures it’s better to be safe than sorry. Fiction
The Power of Prayer
Larry Van Guilder asks: Do you believe in the power of prayer? Fiction
In Larry Van Guilder’s world, Fridays are no cause for celebration. Fiction
Wait for Me, Daddy
Bob Vestal wonders who gives him work and why does he do it? Does work really define who we are? Essay
It is said that a picture paints ten thousand words. While he doesn’t want to offend the makers of pictures, Bob Vestal disagrees. Essay
What do you say when a close friend reveals his plan to begin reflecting in print? DON’T! Essay
Boys Will Be Boys
Bob Vestal sees Bill Gates’ legal issues in the light of the baseball diamond. Knock it out of the park, Bill! Essay
Welcome to the Balkans
After drinking a dozen caffiene-laced soft drinks, Timothy Waldron presents Savoy with a brand new definition of the cola wars.
In his Savoy debut, Timothy Waldron considers a life-and-death chess match, and the consequences of not thinking through all one's moves. Fiction