Two Hearts (Peter S. Beagle Short Story Review)



Peter S. Beagle’s whimsical fantasy tale The Last Unicorn is a classic. It’s one of my favorite books of all time, so when The Shameful Narcissist recently read and provided a link to a short follow-up to the story, of course I was eager to return to Mr. Beagle’s rich and enchanting world of magicians, unicorns and other mythical beasts.


The original tale is a clever and spellbinding journey all its own, so I was very hopeful that this newer adventure would be able to capture some of the magic woven in the first book. I was obviously hopeful, but I had to wonder, could Two Hearts manage to match the charm and whimsy of its legendary predecessor? Well, as Captain Cully would say: sit down, have a taco, and let’s talk about Two Hearts.


Although this short story features multiple characters we came to love in The Last…

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Prasad’s Post in the August edition of The Wagon Magazine

TWM is in its third year. I am really grateful to all those connected to me and to the magazine.

From August 2018 edition, Shane Joseph writes a new book review column.

Shane’s Stack ‘ n Stock

Shane Joseph is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada.

Self-taught, with four degrees under his belt obtained through distance education, Shane is an avid traveller and has visited one country for every year of his life and lived in four of them. He fondly recalls incidents during his travels as real lessons he could never have learned in school: husky riding in Finland with no training, trekking the Inca Trail in Peru through an unending rainstorm, hitch-hiking in Australia without a map, escaping a wild elephant in Zambia, and being stranded without money in Denmark, are some of his memories.

 ( for more, visit his website:

The first episode, in light of V.S. Naipaul’s death, starts off with a doubleheader of two books, based on this enigmatic author, one non-fiction (Sir Vidia’s Shadow by Paul Theroux) and the other fiction (The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi)

Please wait for the September 15th, edition. Until then, remain as usual.

(If any of you would like to view, here is the link:  where Paul Theroux talks about his book, Sir Vidia’s Shadow, published by Houghton Mifflin Company)

This edition’s wrapper art is by Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh. She is an award-winning poet and a multi-media artist from Israel, living in Virginia since 1986. She is the author of four poetry collections and editor-in-chief of the international literary magazine Poetica. In July 2017, Mitak received a second-place award for her pastel painting from PrimePlus Exhibition (VA), an honourable mention for her pastel painting from Chesapeake Bay Art Association (VA) member show, an honourable mention from Blank Art Space’s Color Art Contest, and has been accepted for publication by Sonder Review. Starting in late 2017, She is now concentrating on creating paintings using three digital apps on her iPad Pro. Most of the paintings are inspired by world travel. If you are interested in purchasing any of these award-winning pieces, or to see more of Michal’s work, please visit her website: 18 wrap web

Montauk (in response to lines by A. R. Ammons)


her joy
was rotting fish heads
& it would cost
my calf muscles
as much as
a broken-field runner
to get to
where she could find them
in the accidental vise grip
of rocks
and rusting iron
beyond the last pier
& no matter how much
I towelled and rinsed
her muzzle afterwards
she would reek
of death and brine
for days –
but you either
love your dog
or you don’t


turned in
by the bayshore
and parked,
the crosswind
hitting me hard
side the head,
the bay scrappy
and working:
what a
way to read
Williams! till
a woman came
and turned
her red dog loose
to sniff
(and piss
the dead horseshoe

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