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Bike Birth photo
December 1, 2006 | Fiction

Bike Birth

Emily Taylor


On a balmy day in March I went down to the shop and rocking heel to toe with nervousness, explained my preferences: curved back<a class="more" href="/web_features/bike-birth">... more</a>

Chiquita photo
December 1, 2006 | Fiction


Jen Michalski

Steve’s pretty sure the Mexicans stole it; serves him right for naming it Chiquita in the first place. But it was a beautiful plant, four<a class="more" href="/web_features/chiquita">... more</a>

Letter to the Man Who Understands that Mental Illness is a Desirable Thing in Our American Presidents photo
November 1, 2006 | Fiction

Letter to the Man Who Understands that Mental Illness is a Desirable Thing in Our American Presidents

Elizabeth Koch

Dr. Nathaniel Underwood
Academy<a class="more" href="/web_features/letter-to-the-man-who-understands-that-mental-illness-is-a-desirable-thing-in-our-american-presidents">... more</a>

The Reenactment is Never the Same photo
November 1, 2006 | Fiction

The Reenactment is Never the Same

Derek White

My current employer, The Wor(l)d Economist, sent me on assignment to interview Gandhi’s grandson, who was in exile<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-reenactment-is-never-the-same">... more</a>

Acquired from Ex-Girlfriends photo
November 1, 2006 | Fiction

Acquired from Ex-Girlfriends

Scott Garson


A cheap leather coat K’s father lent me when we were visiting and the weather turned cold. It had belonged to<a class="more" href="/web_features/acquired-from-ex-girlfriends">... more</a>

The World Isn't There photo
November 1, 2006 | Fiction

The World Isn't There

Andrew Roe

There was a bump on his head, and that’s what made him crazy. That’s the story he tells whenever anyone asks about it, the<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-world-isn-39-t-there">... more</a>

Trumpet photo
October 1, 2006 | Fiction


Joseph Musso, Jr.

At nearly 2am, I took my trumpet down to the ocean, slung down against my leg like a weapon. I live across the street. A last minute<a class="more" href="/web_features/trumpet">... more</a>

The Mystery of Art photo
October 1, 2006 | Fiction

The Mystery of Art

Joan Wilking

You never know when you’ll turn the corner to find it staring you in the face. You might be on your way to dinner at the kosher<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-mystery-of-art">... more</a>

Honeymoon photo
October 1, 2006 | Fiction


Darlin' Neal

The boy wore a powder blue tuxedo and he tap danced around the house in shiny shoes. He wiggled the long tail of his fancy suit. When a<a class="more" href="/web_features/honeymoon">... more</a>

The Moment, In Ruins photo
September 1, 2006 | Fiction

The Moment, In Ruins

John Sweet

In bed with the wife of a guy that I work with, and this isn’t the beginning of the story, but the end of it, and then she calls<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-moment-in-ruins">... more</a>

Rose Petal photo
September 1, 2006 | Fiction

Rose Petal

Michael Obilade

When Isabel Araya was born in the southern tip of the pampas, twenty-one years, three months, and seven days before she would hold Juan<a class="more" href="/web_features/rose-petal">... more</a>

Summer Hits photo
September 1, 2006 | Fiction

Summer Hits

Kilean Kennedy

Ernie peered over the dash with a cigarette in his left hand and a can of spiked Pepsi in his right, fingertips grazing the ribbed<a class="more" href="/web_features/summer-hits">... more</a>

Big Country photo
September 1, 2006 | Fiction

Big Country

Paul Silverman

"Now Mr. Nguyen, here, he could benefit from a little trip over to Harold's Running Bull. Quaff a few, soak up the local culture, and<a class="more" href="/web_features/big-country">... more</a>

October photo
August 1, 2006 | Fiction


Tao Lin

At dinner your friend took your cell phone from your bag and took a photo of me and put your cell phone in your bag. Everyone noticed and I<a class="more" href="/web_features/october">... more</a>

Captain Cook Discovers Australia photo
August 1, 2006 | Fiction

Captain Cook Discovers Australia

Matthew Salesses

Melissa and I have been together for almost a month, descending through the center of Australia from Darwin near<a class="more" href="/web_features/captain-cook-discovers-australia">... more</a>

The Magic Word photo
August 1, 2006 | Fiction

The Magic Word

Kevin O'Cuinn

And then somebody said the magic word. Whale. It echoed and bobbed up and down the beach, and into the dunes, where I was relieving<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-magic-word">... more</a>

The Jerry Garcia Orchard photo
June 1, 2006 | Fiction

The Jerry Garcia Orchard

Tom Sheehan


Once upon a time there was this balls-out bike rider out to visit all the Cistercian monasteries in this here<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-jerry-garcia-orchard">... more</a>

The Robot photo
June 1, 2006 | Fiction

The Robot

Mike Jones

The Robot is constructed from only the finest and shiniest of all bolts and metals. All of it is stainless steel, because rust on a robot<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-robot">... more</a>

Had It Not Been photo
June 1, 2006 | Fiction

Had It Not Been

Crissa Chappell

The guy at table six wiggled his fingers. “Mind if I asked a personal question?”

“Go ahead,” said Miranda, reaching for the<a class="more" href="/web_features/had-it-not-been">... more</a>

Creatures of Habit photo
June 1, 2006 | Fiction

Creatures of Habit

Andrew Dicus

Andrew peeped out the window and noted that the end of the world, astoundingly, was small as a bee. 

"When's the last time<a class="more" href="/web_features/creatures-of-habit">... more</a>

On Outlaws and Other Characters  An Interview with Chuck Kinder photo
May 1, 2006 | Fiction

On Outlaws and Other Characters  An Interview with Chuck Kinder

Dory Adams

On an unusually sunny February afternoon in Pittsburgh, I had the pleasure of<a class="more" href="/web_features/on-outlaws-and-other-characters-nbsp-an-interview-with-chuck-kinder">... more</a>

Pure Static photo
May 1, 2006 | Fiction

Pure Static

Craig Terlson

Dave wondered what had happened to the TV.

He had faraway memories of nature programs, black and white comedians with European<a class="more" href="/web_features/pure-static">... more</a>

Xanhaar photo
May 1, 2006 | Fiction


Rosie Sharp

As I was preparing to go away on a three-week women's backpacking retreat, Teddy said he was going to grow a beard in my absence. To be<a class="more" href="/web_features/xanhaar">... more</a>

California Dreamin' photo
May 1, 2006 | Fiction

California Dreamin'

Jeanne Holtzman

A note shoved under a sticky honey jar on a wooden spool table:

Maggie – 

So sorry I had to leave without saying<a class="more" href="/web_features/california-dreamin-39">... more</a>

Crooked Teeth photo
May 1, 2006 | Fiction

Crooked Teeth

Ryan Michael Murphy

We ride the hook of route 87 straight from Utica to Newark without once stopping. The two of us go like vagabonds through tunnels and<a class="more" href="/web_features/crooked-teeth">... more</a>

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Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen

A 400-page collection of poems in fours sections: Nicki Minaj Songs, Bob Dylan Songs, Elliott Smith Songs, and 90s Riot Grrrls Songs.

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Legs Get Led Astray

Chloe Caldwell

FOUR NEW ESSAYS BY CHLOE CALDWELL! Plus the original essays that made you fall in love with Chloe!

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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.