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Madeleine Schwartz

Madeleine Schwartz is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and has written for the London Review of Books, the Nation, and Harper’s


Illustration by Lizzy Stewart

Santa Tecla [private]

Winter 2019 | Fiction

The hotel where she had hoped to spend a very happy week was in a small village in Tuscany at the end of two trains and a bus, facing a wheat field. “Santa Tecla is where celebrities go to relax,” her friend Alice had said. She had showed her a picture of Madonna by a pool, #vacation #bliss, drinking an Aperol Spritz. But the Hotel Santa Tecla looked nothing like what had been on Instagram, and as she waited for her key at the check-in desk, she realized that Madonna or Madonna’s assistant had put in the wrong geotag.

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Illustration by Melody Newcomb


Summer 2018 | Fiction

She had moved to Germany to be a writer but quickly found there wasn’t very much to write about. Germany was calm. The people were friendly and straightforward. If you managed a few words of German they would say, “Your German is very good.” When you gave them exact change they would smile.