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Baby Hitler and the Slow Talking Man photo
January 9, 2016 | Commercial Fiction

Baby Hitler and the Slow Talking Man

Dave Housley

Baby Hitler was getting bored. Mother had been away longer than usual. He had already played with the rattle<a class="more" href="/web_features/baby-hitler-and-the-slow-talking-man">... more</a>

Baby Hitler and the Man with the Glowing Hair photo
December 19, 2015 | Commercial Fiction, Fiction

Baby Hitler and the Man with the Glowing Hair

Dave Housley

Baby Hitler giggles and pulls another leg off the spider. Just three legs this time. He pulled them<a class="more" href="/web_features/baby-hitler-and-the-man-with-the-glowing-hair">... more</a>

Baby Hitler and the Man from the Republican Primary photo
December 12, 2015 | Commercial Fiction, Fiction

Baby Hitler and the Man from the Republican Primary

Dave Housley

Baby Hitler woke up angry. He sat up. They would be coming for him again. Who, he did not know.<a class="more" href="/web_features/baby-hitler-and-the-man-from-the-republican-primary">... more</a>

Persil photo
May 2, 2015 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

The Professional felt the rush of consciousness, the quick awakening that could only mean another person with questions. Another intransigent<a class="more" href="/web_features/persil">... more</a>

State Farm photo
March 28, 2015 | Commercial Fiction

State Farm

Dave Housley

Jake from State Farm hangs up the phone and hustles to the bathroom.

Super Bowl (2013) photo
February 2, 2014 | Commercial Fiction

Super Bowl (2013)

Dave Housley

Last year, we ran a series of "Commercial Fiction"s by Dave Housley, which were collected into a book. One such piece in the series<a class="more" href="/web_features/super-bowl-2013">... more</a>

Taco Bell photo
May 18, 2013 | Commercial Fiction

Taco Bell

Dave Housley

A new email dings into his box and Miller cringes. Somehow he knows it’s from her, something about the ding – it is insistent, urgent, as<a class="more" href="/web_features/taco-bell">... more</a>

Canada Dry photo
March 23, 2013 | Commercial Fiction

Canada Dry

Dave Housley

Excerpt from Centers for Disease Control: Obesity in Central Florida, February 2019.

Wes Urban, 32 years of age, 298 lbs.

We<a class="more" href="/web_features/canada-dry">... more</a>

Budwesier photo
February 23, 2013 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

The man woke up and walked to the bathroom. He relieved his bladder and looked at himself in the mirror. He looked at the clock. 6:25. He<a class="more" href="/web_features/budwesier">... more</a>

McDonald's photo
February 16, 2013 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

We pull into the campground and it’s just like I imagined it would be: chaparral scrub receding to oaks and firs as we move up into<a class="more" href="/web_features/mcdonald-39-s">... more</a>

Super Bowl photo
February 4, 2013 | Commercial Fiction

Super Bowl

Dave Housley

Guildenstern flips the coin and holds it out for Rosencrantz to see.

“Heads,” Rosencrantz says. “Again heads.” He turns around. “So<a class="more" href="/web_features/super-bowl">... more</a>

Range Rover photo
February 2, 2013 | Commercial Fiction

Range Rover

Dave Housley

Captain’s Log: Captain Richard L. Hiltonshire, HMS Evoque, North Carolina Coast. May 12, 1801

The Coast is in sight. America, I<a class="more" href="/web_features/range-rover">... more</a>

Toyota photo
January 26, 2013 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

Burns looks out toward the road. He puts a hand up to the glass and shakes his head. “I can’t believe this,” he says, his breath fogging the<a class="more" href="/web_features/toyota">... more</a>

Lexus photo
December 25, 2012 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

Cynthia wakes to coffee smell and the sounds of William getting breakfast ready for the kids. She closes her eyes and for a moment, it is as<a class="more" href="/web_features/lexus">... more</a>

Kentucky Fried Chicken photo
December 9, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Dave Housley

You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time in the evening. But here you are, and you cannot<a class="more" href="/web_features/kentucky-fried-chicken">... more</a>

Intuit GoPayment photo
December 2, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Intuit GoPayment

Dave Housley


Derek barely slows down at intersections. Not anymore. Not since we got that card reader and “set out toward the<a class="more" href="/web_features/intuit-gopayment">... more</a>

Subway photo
November 18, 2012 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

The first thing was, everybody’s voices changed. Not changed deeper, like puberty. This was changing back: they went high, squeaky, like we<a class="more" href="/web_features/subway">... more</a>

Miller Lite photo
November 4, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Miller Lite

Dave Housley

We were taking shots at the bar before the bar, pre-gaming, game-facing. We did a round of jaeger bombs and Fixer knocked some dap and went outside for a smoke.

Viagra photo
October 28, 2012 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

The real cowboy wears a fishing cap and one of those vests you associate with photographers, only his isn't stuffed with film or lenses or<a class="more" href="/web_features/viagra">... more</a>

Direct TV photo
October 21, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Direct TV

Dave Housley

Here is what I know. They wear tights. Their wings are thin flapping things that look more like dragonflies than butterflies. They never<a class="more" href="/web_features/direct-tv">... more</a>

Wrangler photo
October 7, 2012 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

“I thought you were going to play football,” she says.

“Yeah,” I say.

“You’re wearing jeans.”


She is folding<a class="more" href="/web_features/wrangler">... more</a>

Coors Light photo
September 30, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Coors Light

Dave Housley

It is noon. Very hot. The Denver sun’s pitiless spotlight pushes down upon pedestrians carrying briefcases or carryout lunches. Like<a class="more" href="/web_features/coors-light">... more</a>

Cialis photo
September 23, 2012 | Commercial Fiction


Dave Housley

How he got the resort people to put these tubs out here, I have no idea.

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Elizabeth Ellen

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Jason Phoebe Rusch

Jason Phoebe Rusch is a queer writer from the Chicago suburbs. His full-length debut Dualities explores gender and patriarchy from the perspective of a man who was socialized and is currently still read as a woman. He is interested in complication and nuance and messy human failing, his own and that of others.