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The Reproductive Behaviors of Certain Pelagic Fauna photo
September 18, 2013 | Fiction

The Reproductive Behaviors of Certain Pelagic Fauna

Caitlin McGuire

In sandtiger bellies, the young eat the young. You could fit a new-hatched sandtiger pup in your hand, but you shouldn't; they are pink, squishy cartilage, knife-tip teeth, and only the first one survives, chasing siblings down uterine hallways: hide and seek to death. After eating all his brothers, the last one standing sucks yolk like CapriSun from his sharkmom's eggs. By the time the sharkmom gives birth, the pup is the size of a six year old child. 

It's Pity Sex for the Both of Us photo
September 17, 2013 | Fiction

It's Pity Sex for the Both of Us

John Jodzio

It’s pity sex for both of us, me and Karen and her glass eye, in a motel room off the interstate.  

the revolution room: station one photo
September 13, 2013 | Fiction

the revolution room: station one

Allan Shapiro

It is not easy to remove a heart with a spoon from the chest of a man, nor is it clean. The spoon was purchased 48 hours earlier from the Bed, Bath & Beyond on 9th Street. The Nicole Miller Moments 5 pc Flatware Set was $24.99. The salad fork, dinner knife, dinner fork, and soup spoon were disposed of. Only the teaspoon remained.

Game Day photo
September 10, 2013 | Fiction

Game Day

Lisa Nikolidakis

In my phone sex voice I say, the quesadilla of the day is caramelized onion and chorizo. Chef makes ‘em special. Sure, I say: $5 house wines, $2 off apps. Would you like to start a tab?

Uriah photo
September 5, 2013 | Fiction

Uriah

Gabe Herron

The first time my neighbor's place burned to the ground, I wasn't his neighbor, but he told me about it.  

Once it Hits the Air photo
September 2, 2013 | Fiction

Once it Hits the Air

Luke Wiget

My Spanish was always too slow to impress my father. I tried not to learn it to spite him. But  that was like not swallowing water in your mouth when there’s no place to spit it out. 

Vincent Peppers Explains A Conference Call photo
August 29, 2013 | Fiction

Vincent Peppers Explains A Conference Call

Shane Jones

Good evening. I just ate eggs. Breakfast for dinner, is what Robin called it. Is there such a thing as... more

The Fire photo
August 28, 2013 | Fiction

The Fire

Petur HK

Let’s follow Holger home, they said, and burn his house down. We were under the bridge. We were trolls; we were engineers. We... more

Hymeneal in Many Voices (Comments on the Launch of Stacie and Kyle’s Wedding Registry) photo
August 26, 2013 | Fiction

Hymeneal in Many Voices (Comments on the Launch of Stacie and Kyle’s Wedding Registry)

Ivy Goodman

The value of a cash gift is on its face, and that, in... more

Storage photo
August 21, 2013 | Fiction

Storage

Colin Bailey Williams

Carnie lives among piles of porcelain and Tupperware in a storage locker near Conneaut. She lost her job at the prison and then her house... more

Two Short Shorts photo
August 20, 2013 | Fiction

Two Short Shorts

Trevor Dodge

EVERY DAY IS SUNDAY I go to call her for the ribs recipe but then I think how she doesn't respond to my jokes so I go... more

The Uninvited Bar Mitzvah Guest photo
August 19, 2013 | Fiction

The Uninvited Bar Mitzvah Guest

Eleanor Levine

Stanley K owns a small radio shop on Forest Avenue in Lakewood.  I walk in, having not seen him in 30... more

Contact photo
August 14, 2013 | Fiction

Contact

Glen Pourciau

I don’t know why, but until I went to her door our neighbor Marie hadn’t spoken to me in more than a year.  I usually only... more

Going South photo
August 12, 2013 | Fiction

Going South

Maura Roosevelt

They must have been in Georgia already.  Mile-high pine trees loomed just above titanium light poles.  Rain was coming down at... more

Selected Entries from The Daily Log of Personal to Professional Proceedings by Saul Goodman photo
August 11, 2013 | Breaking Bad fiction

Selected Entries from The Daily Log of Personal to Professional Proceedings by Saul Goodman

Colin Winnette

Accompanied a young couple for the euthanization of... more

Quotes from the lost Breaking Bad episode, "The Room" photo
August 10, 2013 | Breaking Bad fiction

Quotes from the lost Breaking Bad episode, "The Room"

Gavin Mhley

The following are direct quotes from the lost episode of Breaking Bad. Summary:... more

Los Pollos Hermanos comment card photo
August 9, 2013 | Breaking Bad fiction

Los Pollos Hermanos comment card

Chad Chmielowicz

Dear Sir or Madam, I feel I need to begin by saying I am a longtime lover of your products. As a single mom... more

Grading Bad photo
August 8, 2013 | Breaking Bad fiction

Grading Bad

Jon Sindell

She was The Incorruptible, so named by a senior during the most grueling AP World semester ever. “Just one night off, Ms.... more

The Diner Scene photo
August 7, 2013 | Fiction

The Diner Scene

Dan DeMarco

At the diner, when David has been allowed to order a cup of coffee and become a thinking person again, he will begin to attempt to... more

Three short-shorts from Bombyonder photo
August 5, 2013 | Fiction

Three short-shorts from Bombyonder

Reb Livingston

from Bombyonder After the bird flu it wasn’t safe to eat the chicken or the stuffing. Gloves and knives... more

An Account of the Shell photo
July 31, 2013 | Fiction

An Account of the Shell

Patty Yumi Cottrell

Suppose the policeman does not come when you call him for help. So what good is the phone? What good is the policeman?... more

Field Guide for Fools photo
July 30, 2013 | Fiction

Field Guide for Fools

Erin Fortenberry

Curation I told my first lie to a girl with a Hans Christian Andersen name, holding onto the metal bars in the playground... more

Joining the Circus photo
July 25, 2013 | Fiction

Joining the Circus

Erik Evenson

The three of them were in the car headed eastbound I-90, on their way to Tiny’s Farm, when Millard thought of his first... more

Clearance photo
July 23, 2013 | Fiction

Clearance

Susannah Felts

He led her blindfolded through the kitchen, down the steps to the backyard. “Birthday girl,” he had whispered to her this morning, offering her coffee in bed. 

Batter photo
July 18, 2013 | Fiction

Batter

W.R. Porter

"Hills Like White Elephants" on a waffle.

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