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An excerpt of the story "Underthings" from the collection Spectacle photo
March 20, 2013 | Excerpt, Fiction

An excerpt of the story "Underthings" from the collection Spectacle

Susan Steinberg

  My boyfriend hit me in the face with a book. It was an... more

XIV photo
November 16, 2012 | Excerpt


Matthew Vollmer

Matthew Vollmer's newest book, Inscriptions for Headstones, is the kind of book that refreshingly resists categorization. Essays, fiction, poems. The thirty short texts, each a single sentence..

The Man With Two Arms (An Excerpt) photo
April 1, 2010 | BASEBALL, Excerpt

The Man With Two Arms (An Excerpt)

Billy Lombardo

In the summer that followed Danny's sophomore year at U-High, he took Bridget to a White Sox game. He knocked... more

The Great Perhaps (an excerpt) photo
May 1, 2009 | Excerpt

The Great Perhaps (an excerpt)

Joe Meno

Fourteen years old, Thisbe Casper has begun riding her bicycle around Hyde Park looking for God. Before each school day... more

Excerpt from: The Phillie Phanatic photo
April 1, 2008 | BASEBALL, Excerpt

Excerpt from: The Phillie Phanatic

Andrew Ervin

I have been set on fire and pushed down these steep cinderblock steps. The people here have snapped the bones of... more

Excerpt from: Picnic in Ten Years' Time photo
December 1, 2007 | Excerpt

Excerpt from: Picnic in Ten Years' Time

Jesse Ball

A selection from Picnic in Ten Years' Time an as of yet unpublished manuscript by Jesse... more

Recent Books


Flashes of Life

Micah Ling

Featuring poems that engage songs by artists ranging from The White Stripes to Bruce Sprinsteen, David Bowie to Otis Redding; lists of albums; daily timestamps as poems; remixes and everything in between; Flashes of Light evokes not just the way we listen to music, but all the ways we interact with the music in our life.



Over For Rockwell

Uzodinma Okehi

They say it takes an average person about 10 years to master a given thing. This was my thinking in 1995 when I dropped out of college in Iowa City to draw comics.



Baseball Handbook


We’ve had the idea and wanted to do some kind of “best of our online baseball issues” for years, and here is one iteration of that book. We’ve been doing it for so long (this year is our 13th!), we have too many favorites, so we made some arbitrary rules...