Joe Baumann, PhD, writes short fiction that feels hyper-realistic, plausible. That he’s able to accomplish as much while telling stories like “For Rent,” about a woman who has allowed an artist — referred to only as The Artist — to take up residence in one of her ribs, is an astonishing literary trick. The Artist comes and goes like a genie through a small plugged hole. He has brief conversations with her. He observes her having sex. They have a complex relationship. You can read this peculiar tale in the current issue of Zone 3, a literary journal with remarkably strong fiction. Or you can visit Dr. Baumann in Lousiana, where he lives and teaches and creates things worth reading.