I read a couple of terrific stories in the latest issue (Volume 13, Spring 2013) of The Los Angeles Review:
* "Landfall" by Robert P. Kaye - This is wonderfully understated so that it sneaks up on you, grabs hold in a powerful way. I admire the ability to take a world news event and make it relatable.
* "Losing the Title" by David Elliot - This is told in a second person POV, and I, as a rule, don't care for this POV. But, holy cow, this is magnificently rendered. Powerful. Mesmerizing.
* "Confounding Variables" by Rachael Warecki - This is smart and clever and well-crafted.