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I’ll be completely honest, wasn’t very inventive when I tried to find a story for this paper. My search for a story consisted of googling “top literary magazines” and scrolling through until I found something that kept my attention and left me with something to say in response. Eventually I landed on Carve Magazine, which was founded online in 2000 by Melvin Sterne. Later the current editor, Matthew Limpede, took over and expanded the magazine to include a print edition as well. The great thing about Carve is it attempts to be “honest fiction” in the sense that it publishes authors young and old, unpublished and established, by a submission and review process that is run primarily by other writers. They look for fiction that is both concise and generous, and strive the style of their namesake, Raymond Carver, who I knew nothing about at the time. I was just happy I found a story that I genuinely enjoyed reading. Ironically, I read several of his stories later and found out that he wasn’t my cup of tea. Luckily, Carve and, more importantly, The Eternal Youth of Everyone Else were.
The story was written by Adrienne Celt, a fiction writer, comic artist, essayist, translator and editor from Tuscon, Arizona. Celt has held a wide variety of jobs ranging from Arizona State University professor to founder and manager of the Chicago branch of the Authors@Google series. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Esquire/Aspen Short Short Fiction Contest (finalist). Celt also received third place in the storySouth Million Writers Award for her story The Eternal Youth of Everyone Else, which was published by Carve Magazine in 2012.
The story grabs the reader by the wrist from the beginning. Celt managed to summarize the...

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... memories overcame Jessie. She never took into account that they both couldn’t be children on this adventure. Jessie would have to be the adult and care for Beninda like the child she is. Jessie becomes a mature adult when she tries to force Benny to move on so that she can too.
In conclusion, the story is impactful because it lets the reader settle the dust. Celt attempts to tackle the importance of mortality in a culture that would bottle the fountain of youth and turn a profit if it could. The pacing is fast so the reader keeps interest, but not so fast that she misses important facts. The best aspect of this story is the way it reveals important information through foreshadowing, so the reader has to sit and reflect in order to get the full impact of the story. The Eternal Youth of Everyone Else is generous, concise, new and timeless; a perfect fit for Carve.
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