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The Most-Read Geist Stories of 2017

We've rounded up the most-read stories of 2017 on geist.com. From a photographic exploration of race to apartment hunting woes, tea with the Queen to lamenting the loss of a pinky finger, these stories represent some of the best of Geist of this year.

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PHOTOESSAY
South of Buck Creek
Terence Byrnes' photographic memoir of the people of America's unhappiest city, 1966-2011.
FASCINATORS GALORE
27 000 Cups of Tea
Jocelyn Kuang attends tea at Buckingham Palce and encounters weird hats, strawberry and cream Battenberg and the Queen.

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The 14th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Contest is now open!

The rules are simple: write up to 500 words of postcard-inspired micro-lit and send it in with your postcard.

Deadline: January 15, 2018

Winners receive cash prizes and publication.

Check out our submission guidelines to get more information and to submit!


SETTLING
1827 Sul Ross #1
"The price that one must pay. I moved right in./ By winter, they'd turned off the heat."—Vanessa Stauffer

AT A STANDSTILL
Yes Yes We're Magicians
Jonah Samson collects vintage images and invites viewers to question their potentially absurd modern meanings.

THIS WEEK IN REVIEW

Second Chances
Roni Simunovic reviews Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley. More »


Poetry of Place
Michael Hayward reviews What Poets Are Like by Gary Soto. More »

Fathers and Daughters
Lily Gontard reviews A Rock Fell on the Moon by Alicia Priest and The Stone Thrower by Jael Ealey Richardson. More »

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