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An Open Letter to Lana del Rey photo
August 14, 2015 | Dispatches

An Open Letter to Lana del Rey

Victor Freeze

Standing next to the homie Marge on the vast lawn full of Lana fanatics in flower crowns and Pepsi-Cola tee shirts I did not feel at home

I LOVE DIERKS BENTLEY IS SAD: A BRO COUNTRY DISPATCH photo
August 7, 2015 | Dispatches

I LOVE DIERKS BENTLEY IS SAD: A BRO COUNTRY DISPATCH

Leesa Cross-Smith

Bro Country is not all that different from dudes in general and real life. I've dated enough white dudes and went to college in Kentucky and I've been to, like, twenty-five Dave Matthews Band concerts, so, trust me, I know this stuff.

Albums I Listened To A Lot Immediately After My Ex-Girlfriend and I Broke Up photo
August 7, 2015 | Dispatches

Albums I Listened To A Lot Immediately After My Ex-Girlfriend and I Broke Up

Jordan Castro

The first month after my ex-girlfriend and I broke up I spent a lot of time driving aimlessly and sitting alone in my apartment listening to music and feeling sorry for myself. 

All My Coworkers When I Worked At Zeppe's photo
July 15, 2015 | Dispatches

All My Coworkers When I Worked At Zeppe's

Jordan Castro

In 2011, while addicted to heroin, I briefly delivered pizza for Zeppe's, a chain restaurant in rural Northeast Ohio. 

Bars We Don't Fuck With photo
June 6, 2015 | Dispatches

Bars We Don't Fuck With

Victor Freeze

Idk what it is but I’ve never liked Thomas Street Tavern. It was even listed on the itinerary of “Bars We Don’t Fuck With” one night when my roommate and I got drunk and devised a plot to attend all of the neighborhood bars we never go to. 

Letter to the Editor photo
May 23, 2015 | Dispatches

Letter to the Editor

Sara McGrath

I've been taking what feels like a giant amount of vitamins for approximately three days, which is a long time for me to do anything very consistently. 

Saratoga Tree Beast  photo
March 21, 2015 | Dispatches

Saratoga Tree Beast 

Sean Kilpatrick

We tried training the Doberman abandoned a yard down with chemically flattened ham

The Rossini Suckdown photo
February 14, 2015 | Dispatches

The Rossini Suckdown

Sean Kilpatrick

The tone deaf values most families scrambled to anesthetize irked my metabolism. 

True Life: I Married Scott McClanahan photo
January 17, 2015 | Dispatches

True Life: I Married Scott McClanahan

Juliet Escoria

I have a tendency to get bored easily, both in relationships and in life. One of the things that made me feel confident about marrying Scott is that there is quite possibly no one weirder than him.

Dosed Up photo
January 3, 2015 | Dispatches

Dosed Up

Victor Freeze

It was probably 3:3o in the morning and I was wide-awake because of the acid. I was anxious to do something but nothing in particular. I was jittery, lively.

Crippling Anxiety And Self-Centered Fear: An Unedited Journal Entry Style Thing photo
January 1, 2015 | Dispatches

Crippling Anxiety And Self-Centered Fear: An Unedited Journal Entry Style Thing

Jordan Castro

There is nothing romantic about being young and dark and confused. Pain is real. It's funny on Twitter but it sucks irl. 

My Favorite Art (And Other) Things In 2014 photo
December 31, 2014 | Dispatches

My Favorite Art (And Other) Things In 2014

Jordan Castro

A while ago, I predicted Taylor Swift's career arc, and so far, I'm correct.

The Moth photo
December 26, 2014 | Dispatches

The Moth

Sean Kilpatrick

When I was young, I wanted one of those Davy Crockett hats. Because I admire psychopaths.

A Comprehensive History Of Me In Terms Of Dancing photo
December 20, 2014 | Dispatches

A Comprehensive History Of Me In Terms Of Dancing

Jordan Castro

Age 10: Wrote an essay for school about how I wanted to be a rapper when I grew up. When I got home and told my dad about it he said "Rap for me" then lay in my bed while I rapped "Lose Yourself" by Eminem for him. When I finished he told me I needed to "get into it more, not just stand there with [my] hands in my pockets."

 

My Dog Is My Girlfriend photo
November 22, 2014 | Dispatches

My Dog Is My Girlfriend

Jordan Castro

My feelings of purposelessness and inadequacy vanished. My feelings of self-pity and despair were replaced by love and affection. No more sleeping around. No more yearning for The One. I had found Her. She was here.

Karaoke Brothel photo
November 15, 2014 | Dispatches

Karaoke Brothel

Sean Kilpatrick

I spend my free time an appropriate amount of bed sick. I keep a lot of spare pieces of glass up my carpeted self. I mean a literal debris of glass happens when I sit forward.

TRUE LIFE: I MARRIED SCOTT MCCLANAHAN photo
November 8, 2014 | Dispatches

TRUE LIFE: I MARRIED SCOTT MCCLANAHAN

Juliet Escoria

I made this when my dad and stepmom came to visit. I also made it for Scott’s parents and kids. I guess those are called my in-laws and stepchildren now. It’s a real “crowd-pleaser”!!! 

Hypothetical Empathy Online and the Five Tenants of Rejection photo
September 20, 2014 | Dispatches

Hypothetical Empathy Online and the Five Tenants of Rejection

Sean Kilpatrick

When you love someone who won’t love you back, that is your full time job.

True Life: I Married Scott McClanahan photo
September 6, 2014 | Dispatches

True Life: I Married Scott McClanahan

Juliet Escoria

One morning I wake up and there are over thirty new texts on my phone, all from him. While I was sleeping, we got into an argument, made up, and then started fighting again, all without my knowledge or participation. Right now he is breaking up with me.

Pap Smear for Beerfest photo
August 30, 2014 | Dispatches

Pap Smear for Beerfest

Sean Kilpatrick

You can’t ban my books for saying this shit because no one bought them anyway. Some guys have all the luck. 

REFLECTING ON MY FIRST YEAR OF SOBRIETY photo
August 23, 2014 | Dispatches

REFLECTING ON MY FIRST YEAR OF SOBRIETY

Jordan Castro

I had my bags packed and was getting ready to leave with two insane-seeming girls who offered me sex in exchange for a ride to Cleveland when a few patients stopped me and essentially pushed me into the lecture hall. I don't know why I didn't put up more of a fight -

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A linked story collection detailing the relationship between the 40-year-old narrator, her eighth-grade daughter, Eli, and her daughter’s best friend, Saul. Includes the Pushcart Prize winning story "Teen Culture."

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Legs Get Led Astray

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The original 2012 essay collection, redesigned and with three new essays by the author.

 

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