Duncan wants to live "the life of action" but "All he had ever really done for sure, in his life of political action, was shout." He has been to prison for some sort of breaking and entering plus, I believe, political and/or environmental activism as have some of his friends. He has never really supported himself financially. The story moves around his family and relationships.
The story shows the failure of Duncan's relationships and then that his activism has been mostly shouting. He finds out that Carmen, his first girlfriend, "Had the courage of her convictions. Her fucking stupid convictions." His parents feature in a section or two. The story is 18 pages long and 11 sections. For a short story, there are quite a few people and scenes but it has the concision of a short story in the beautifully written sentences. Every character has a purpose for existing in the story and builds an example of a lifestyle that in the end "has been mostly shouting."
"Your Magic Summer" is included in the autumn 2014 issue of The Southern Review.
"Things that might be useful, things that might be mended, and things that could never be used or mended but that had absorbed into themselves too much of the careful hope with which they had been acquired for anyone to be able to get rid of them."