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The Good Book photo
February 19, 2014 | Fiction

The Good Book

Cynthia Larsen

Mother is sitting in the kitchen with the Bible and a fresh stack of paper. A cigarette smokes in the ashtray and the sink is full of dishes. “It’s not what you think,” I whisper to the boy I have brought home. Later I will suck his thoughts dry. 

Three Stories photo
February 17, 2014 | Fiction

Three Stories

C.A. Kaufman

Family Album, Romance and Circumstantial Evidence

The Investigators photo
February 13, 2014 | Fiction

The Investigators

Willie Fitzgerald

Inside the restaurant two beams of sunlight hit Spencer’s table at seemingly impossible angles. They meet on his butter dish, which has a single olive pit in it. It seems like outside the sun could be doubled.

The Aquarist photo
February 11, 2014 | Fiction

The Aquarist

Jacques Debrot

It’s not unheard of now for people to be replaced by look-alikes.  Troubled people, mostly.  Unhappy people.  

THE BIRTH CHAPTER photo
February 7, 2014 | Fiction

THE BIRTH CHAPTER

Scott McClanahan

I have stolen this prayer from my friend Giancarlo Ditrapano.  

Lawrence Frank Team Evaluation: Golden State Warriors photo
February 7, 2014 | Fiction

Lawrence Frank Team Evaluation: Golden State Warriors

Dave Housley

In December 2013, Brooklyn Nets Assistant Coach Lawrence Frank was "reassigned" by... more

Appraisals photo
February 5, 2014 | Fiction

Appraisals

Robert Long Foreman

I went to the Antiques Roadshow with my mother’s green marble frog in the inside pocket of the jacket of the black suit I wore to her funeral that morning. I had taken the frog from her house. I wanted to know what it was worth. 

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... more

The Chair photo
January 30, 2014 | Fiction

The Chair

Oliver Zarandi

Somebody has replaced my chair with a child. It was a beautiful chair. A rocking chair fashioned by my father. It makes no... more

A Very Tiny Bowl of Frosted Flakes photo
January 28, 2014 | Fiction

A Very Tiny Bowl of Frosted Flakes

Lindsey Gates-Markel

My girlfriend moved out. She gave me back the lease the next day. “I’m not sorry,” she said,... more

All Out photo
January 23, 2014 | Fiction

All Out

Michael Czyzniejewski

My sister once saw Meryl Streep naked in a public shower. It was back around 1980 and they were somewhere near Virginia Beach. Meryl Streep... more

GRUNT photo
January 21, 2014 | Fiction

GRUNT

Daniel Gonzalez

It was a freely made decision, a public vote, so I suppose one could argue that when I confronted my roommate and started an argument-- in... more

Short of Lundy photo
January 20, 2014 | Fiction

Short of Lundy

Cameron Pierce

  Every summer my father and I would make the drive to the ghost town of Lundy near the Nevada border to fish the lake... more

Foxes photo
January 16, 2014 | Fiction

Foxes

Joseph Horton

You are driving home from a place that makes its own beer, where it seemed wrong to order just a few because this is a small business and... more

The Man Who Painted Night photo
January 15, 2014 | Fiction

The Man Who Painted Night

Sarah Domet

It was a difficult job for the man who painted night.  First off, he always stained his clothes.  An... more

Gift Horse photo
January 2, 2014 | Fiction

Gift Horse

Jeremiah Budin

Leo and I are dicking around in his room after school when I pull this big cardboard box out of the closet. —What is this? I... more

UFC 168 Will Bring Our Family Together photo
December 28, 2013 | Fiction

UFC 168 Will Bring Our Family Together

Thad Kenner

Mom. Dad. Where have you been? Everyone else is already here. You missed the first prelim bout. I'll... more

Lawrence Frank Team Evaluation: Philadelphia 76ers photo
December 27, 2013 | Fiction

Lawrence Frank Team Evaluation: Philadelphia 76ers

Dave Housley

In December 2013, Brooklyn Nets Assistant Coach Lawrence Frank was "reassigned" by first... more

xxxmasxxxvacation666 photo
December 25, 2013 | Fiction

xxxmasxxxvacation666

Ryan Bradford

Sometime during the last two hours, Clark Griswold has stopped feeling cold. He claws at the frozen ground, vaguely aware... more

Santa Claus Goes Hunting in the Off-Season photo
December 24, 2013 | Fiction

Santa Claus Goes Hunting in the Off-Season

Eric Barnes

Across the street, I see a large, jolly-looking man with a white beard and white hair leaving the house of our friends, David and Shelby. The man is wearing camouflage – the jacket, hat and hip waders of a duck hunter.

The Pool photo
December 19, 2013 | Fiction

The Pool

David Englander

At nearly two in the morning, in the room across the hall from where his wife slept, Geoff Devine was awake, gazing down at the above ground pool in the backyard. Though he couldn’t see it, he knew that within the giant wooden drum, the murky water reflected the light of the moon. 

7-Eleven photo
December 18, 2013 | Fiction

7-Eleven

Anthony Varallo

When I was fourteen my mother moved into an apartment across town with my principal, Mr. Lorenzo, who was rumored to keep a pistol strapped... more

Free Advice and Fortunes Told photo
December 16, 2013 | Fiction

Free Advice and Fortunes Told

Bonnie Nadzam

In jest you call for your horse, but there is no horse. It’s a bright lettuce-green morning, birds piping overhead. You are on foot, and follow the derelict tracks out of town past the Shell Station.  You step off the road and onto a furry plain of high golden weeds and yellow dross. This is strange. 

St. Rudolph photo
December 13, 2013 | Fiction

St. Rudolph

Kevin Maloney

It only glows if I believe in God. Of course, the Fat Man doesn’t know that. Once an hour he comes into the barn waving his short... more

The Pincher photo
December 12, 2013 | Fiction

The Pincher

Ryan Ries

Lyle worked the night shift in a millwork factory, manning a machine nicknamed the Pincher.  Everyone hated the Pincher.  On the day shift they kept going through operators.  Before Lyle, the longest anyone else had lasted on the Pincher was two years.  At least that was how the story went.  Lyle hated the Pincher too, but he’d learned to live with it.  He’d been there nine years and would be there another nine if they let him.  By then he’d have enough saved up for a nice house, one with stairs and a workbench and actual carpeting. 

 

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