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Seams photo
August 4, 2014 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction


Jill Talbot

When I think back on it, it’s a couple of seconds, a rush from the plate to the mound, a flash, a gasp, and my grip on my father’s arm.  It<a class="more" href="/web_features/seams">... more</a>

I Write Music for Soundtracks Now: My Struggle with My Struggle, Book 1 photo
August 1, 2014 | My Struggle with My Struggle

I Write Music for Soundtracks Now: My Struggle with My Struggle, Book 1

Andrew Bomback

I thought about taking a picture of the book or, perhaps, a selfie of me<a class="more" href="/web_features/i-write-music-for-soundtracks-now-my-struggle-with-my-struggle-book-1">... more</a>

LDR/MTM: A Review of Friendship photo
July 31, 2014 | Nonfiction

LDR/MTM: A Review of Friendship

Amanda Goldblatt

LOL. When I send you emails re: feminism I feel like I'm trolling you. It isn’t that you don’t care about equal rights and access. It’s just that it’s not “your bag” to talk about it a whole lot.

Opportunity is Missed by Most People photo
July 30, 2014 | Nonfiction

Opportunity is Missed by Most People

Joe Sacksteder

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like squeegeeing sewage out the back door of the break room for three hours. Or push-brooming a greenhouse until your black snot could be used as an adhesive. Cupping each writhing Bag-a-Bug to see if they’ve eaten their fill of Japanese beetles. 

Thought-Diving: An Essay photo
July 30, 2014 | Nonfiction

Thought-Diving: An Essay

Spencer Hyde

 I breathed in deeply, not knowing at the time I was breathing in the lives of all those at the café, those I sat with just moments before, molecules sliding from the rubble of the explosion into my lungs, bones nestling behind bones.

We Walk a Line photo
July 15, 2014 | Nonfiction

We Walk a Line

Amy Butcher

My roommate lives her life differently. This is what she claims. 

Obsolete People photo
July 10, 2014 | Nonfiction

Obsolete People

Tovah Burstein

You are obsolete. The cashier in your neighborhood’s grocery store is obsolete.  The typesetter—who placed each individual letter for the headlines of the morning paper—is obsolete. Tollbooths barely require someone to stand sentry in the middle of the highway to collect coins anymore and soon enough lasers will replace surgeons in operating rooms as well.

Dramatic Photos of a Fire: A Great, Stop-Motion Tragedy photo
July 2, 2014 | Nonfiction

Dramatic Photos of a Fire: A Great, Stop-Motion Tragedy

Michael Pagan

How we pretended to be other people for fun: “Hi, what’s your name?” she asked. “Bill,” I said. “Bill, huh? I can think of a lot of words that rhyme with Bill.”

Other People Podcast photo
July 1, 2014 | Nonfiction

Other People Podcast

Sean Kilpatrick

If one person can take from this that it is not about privilege, it is not fiction versus poet, it is none of the internet fashions of complaint and it is not anonymous (even though I am any-goddamn-pleasing-way anonymous with or without my fucking name) ...

Merry Christmas, Cheryl Ann photo
June 10, 2014 | Nonfiction

Merry Christmas, Cheryl Ann

Nathan Elias

The next three and a half or four minutes will be used to draw conclusions on the relevance and authenticity of Christmas based on self reflexivity by using photographs of Cheryl Ann during the days leading up to Christmas. 

The Last Room photo
June 4, 2014 | Nonfiction

The Last Room

Amy Benson

Humans learn occlusion on their way out of infancy—the ability to grasp that the toy still exists when it’s under the blanket...

Games of My Youth: True Animal Crossing photo
May 30, 2014 | Games of My Youth

Games of My Youth: True Animal Crossing

Tabitha Blankenbiller

I couldn’t have my Wii hooked up and not play Animal Crossing. That would be like fries without ketchup;<a class="more" href="/web_features/games-of-my-youth-true-animal-crossing">... more</a>

Baptisms for the Dead photo
May 26, 2014 | Nonfiction

Baptisms for the Dead

Troy Weaver

We took a bus down to Dallas, TX, probably forty or fifty of us, and spent the night praying for our families in a large hotel room.

Person-Character photo
May 20, 2014 | TV, Nonfiction


Amanda Goldblatt

I  I wake up one morning and want to read Woolf. Being a woman writer. Is being a woman-who-is-a-writer something to consider,<a class="more" href="/web_features/person-character">... more</a>

The Burrito: A Brief History photo
May 19, 2014 | Nonfiction

The Burrito: A Brief History

Angela Morales

A burrito, historically, was a food of convenience, much like the sandwich—a transport vehicle for the meal itself...

Guns N Roses Chinese Democracy World Tour 2002 ★ 2003 Black T-shirt photo
May 16, 2014 | Black: Inventory of Black T-shirts

Guns N Roses Chinese Democracy World Tour 2002 ★ 2003 Black T-shirt

Jordan Wiklund

It has bullet holes in it. Or rather, it’s meant to look<a class="more" href="/web_features/guns-n-roses-nbsp-chinese-democracy-nbsp-world-tour-2002-nbsp-nbsp-2003-black-t-shirt">... more</a>

May 15, 2014 | Nonfiction


Jordan Castro

Versace "Medusa" V-Neck T-Shirt This is the first article of designer clothing I ever owned. A month or so after<a class="more" href="/web_features/all-the-designer-clothes-i-own">... more</a>

5 Short Essays  photo
May 13, 2014 | Nonfiction

5 Short Essays 

Thomas Cook

Imagine if you can, "a dirty house in a gutted world," the poet said, which what the poet said is precisely what I saw when I stopped to look around while listening to reports from the BBC and ironing my favorite lavender blouse. 

How I Turned Skyrim into a Middle-Class Life Simulator. photo
May 6, 2014 | Nonfiction

How I Turned Skyrim into a Middle-Class Life Simulator.

Darren Davis

In November 2011, Bethesda Game Studios released Skyrim, a gigantic, multi-console fantasy role playing game set in Bethesda's larger Elder Scrolls universe. Also in November 2011, I was just starting my graduate program at the University of Washington. I watched the footage on YouTube and told myself that after grad school, after I was done studying literary nonfiction and contextualizing and living an examined life, I would play the hell out of this game.

hi my name is, huh? my name is, what? photo
April 29, 2014 | Nonfiction

hi my name is, huh? my name is, what?

Richard Wehrenberg, Jr.

rich in maybe middle school i started telling my teachers, on the first day of class, that i’d prefer to be<a class="more" href="/web_features/hi-my-name-is-huh-my-name-is-what">... more</a>

Frasier at 31 photo
April 21, 2014 | Nonfiction

Frasier at 31

Amanda Goldblatt

Frasier Crane never gets what he wants because Frasier Crane is a horrible person.   Amanda is in her first year of a new<a class="more" href="/web_features/frasier-at-31">... more</a>

The First Game photo
April 14, 2014 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

The First Game

Nicholas Ward

We parked on Michigan Avenue like we always would, walking hand-in-hand through Corktown, the oldest neighborhood in Detroit. We<a class="more" href="/web_features/the-first-game">... more</a>

Fat Guy photo
March 5, 2014 | Nonfiction

Fat Guy

Ray Shea

We'd stood in the rain to watch the fireworks, my girlfriend Linda and I, and it was perfect. It was Boston and it was the Fourth of July<a class="more" href="/web_features/fat-guy">... more</a>

March 3, 2014 | Nonfiction


Mira Gonzalez

WEDNESDAY got off the airplane, spencer landed like an hour ago. either he is in the<a class="more" href="/web_features/notes-i-wrote-in-my-phone-while-at-awp-2014-in-seattle">... more</a>

Whipping Post photo
February 10, 2014 | Nonfiction

Whipping Post

Jill Talbot

Lone Star bottles were a dollar that night, and a leather-clad, hair-shaking woman howled “Whipping Post” on the stage.  You took down<a class="more" href="/web_features/whipping-post">... 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.