I only have 119 words to announce our Ridiculously Short Fiction Contest (including the title) and I've already used 22, so I'll keep this brief. You: Send in an incredibly short story or three (max) using only 119 words via e-mail to email@example.com or via snail mail to The Alibi's Ridiculously Short Fiction Contest, 2118 Central SE, PMB #151, Albuquerque, N.M., 87106. All entries must be received by Friday, May 23, at noon. Me: I'll read ’em (and count up the precious words) then publish the best in our June 19 issue. You: Pick up your hefty prize pack (if you story’s a winner). It's that simple, and I still have one left. Word.
The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century by Steve Coll
Review by John Freeman
The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in American Century
They descend from a patriarch who made a fortune in the Wild West of early 20th century capitalism. Their family history is haunted by airplane crashes, illegitimate children and the great expectations of a public life. Many of them were educated at elite prep schools and America’s best universities. They are not the Kennedys, but another dynasty of sorts—the bin Ladens.