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My Favorite Art (And Other) Things In 2014 photo
December 31, 2014 | Dispatches

My Favorite Art (And Other) Things In 2014

Jordan Castro

A while ago, I predicted Taylor Swift's career arc, and so far, I'm correct.

The Moth photo
December 26, 2014 | Dispatches

The Moth

Sean Kilpatrick

When I was young, I wanted one of those Davy Crockett hats. Because I admire psychopaths.

I Was Nine photo
December 22, 2014 | Nonfiction

I Was Nine

Steve Anwyll

One time I was sitting near a row of bushes along the side of the house playing with some toys. Immersed in what I was doing. And a thick river of shit flowed from my asshole.

A Comprehensive History Of Me In Terms Of Dancing photo
December 20, 2014 | Dispatches

A Comprehensive History Of Me In Terms Of Dancing

Jordan Castro

Age 10: Wrote an essay for school about how I wanted to be a rapper when I grew up. When I got home and told my dad about it he said "Rap for me" then lay in my bed while I rapped "Lose Yourself" by Eminem for him. When I finished he told me I needed to "get into it more, not just stand there with [my] hands in my pockets."

 

#Nightshift: "Just One Arrow" (Excerpts from an Instagram Essay) photo
December 15, 2014 | Nonfiction

#Nightshift: "Just One Arrow" (Excerpts from an Instagram Essay)

Jeff Sharlet

“For years after the war and after the camps, Chava Rosenfarb woke up every morning at 4:00 a.m. to write. She’d open her eyes in the darkness and slip out of bed without waking her husband...

Our Doubles, Ourselves: Twin Peaks and My Summer at the Black Lodge photo
December 12, 2014 | Nonfiction

Our Doubles, Ourselves: Twin Peaks and My Summer at the Black Lodge

Linnie Greene

And then I found her on a VHS. My double, my twin, my doppelganger. Laura Palmer.

#Nightshift: Mugshot (Excerpts from an Instagram Essay) photo
December 8, 2014 | Nonfiction

#Nightshift: Mugshot (Excerpts from an Instagram Essay)

Jeff Sharlet

Sunday paper. Card Showers announced for Cecile Jarry, 99, and Fred Aldrich, 90. Meeting of the Sherlock Holmes Club this Wednesday.

Thieving photo
December 3, 2014 | Nonfiction

Thieving

Nina Boutsikaris

What we liked to do that fall—once mornings had grown thin around the edges, the sun sheer like white linen and gone by four o’clock—was to put on eyeliner and these old fur stoles she had collected from thrift store heaps...

A GHETTO-LIKE STATE OF INCOMPLETENESS: MY STRUGGLE WITH MY STRUGGLE, BOOK 3 photo
December 1, 2014 | My Struggle with My Struggle

A GHETTO-LIKE STATE OF INCOMPLETENESS: MY STRUGGLE WITH MY STRUGGLE, BOOK 3

Andrew Bomback

Against what, exactly, is Karl Ove Knausgaard struggling? 

My Dog Is My Girlfriend photo
November 22, 2014 | Dispatches

My Dog Is My Girlfriend

Jordan Castro

My feelings of purposelessness and inadequacy vanished. My feelings of self-pity and despair were replaced by love and affection. No more sleeping around. No more yearning for The One. I had found Her. She was here.

The Star Trek Essay photo
November 21, 2014 | Nonfiction

The Star Trek Essay

Amanda Goldblatt

This essay is not about Star Trek in the way that Star Trek is not about space.

Karaoke Brothel photo
November 15, 2014 | Dispatches

Karaoke Brothel

Sean Kilpatrick

I spend my free time an appropriate amount of bed sick. I keep a lot of spare pieces of glass up my carpeted self. I mean a literal debris of glass happens when I sit forward.

One photo
November 10, 2014 | Nonfiction

One

Amy Butcher

I thought it was a baby. It was possible, though not—and this is the important part—likely. 

TRUE LIFE: I MARRIED SCOTT MCCLANAHAN photo
November 8, 2014 | Dispatches

TRUE LIFE: I MARRIED SCOTT MCCLANAHAN

Juliet Escoria

I made this when my dad and stepmom came to visit. I also made it for Scott’s parents and kids. I guess those are called my in-laws and stepchildren now. It’s a real “crowd-pleaser”!!! 

Transit (1986) photo
November 5, 2014 | Nonfiction

Transit (1986)

Debra Monroe

I towed my worldly goods to a remote plot with real snakes in the grass, real primroses near pathways, and I wasn’t a tisket-a-tasket girl running errands but an adult with a narrow skill set that had sent me toward serial opportunities, jobs, my career not careering but ascendant as I checked off items on widely circulated how-to lists, but no one could tell me how to succeed at love. 

The Ultimate “My Child” Story: My Struggle with My Struggle, Book 2 photo
October 24, 2014 | My Struggle with My Struggle

The Ultimate “My Child” Story: My Struggle with My Struggle, Book 2

Andrew Bomback

My daughter made pee pee in the potty, and my mother, who watches her on... more

After Michael Sam photo
October 20, 2014 | Nonfiction

After Michael Sam

Colette Arrand

In the summer between Michael Sam’s selection in the NFL Draft and the day he was cut, his jersey ranked as the second most popular of all rookie jerseys, behind only Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns. Almost like there are gay sports fans.

Hoarding photo
October 17, 2014 | Nonfiction

Hoarding

Steve Anwyll

A few weeks ago my wife told that I have some mild hoarding tendencies.

She said she was sick of it. The thousands of marijuana roaches... more

I Am Grocery Shopping photo
October 16, 2014 | Nonfiction

I Am Grocery Shopping

Shaun Turner

I pass a woman who holds a red polka dot Christmas music box in her lap. I never see her turn the key, but as I scan the aisles for my specific things—the white balsamic vinegar, the slivers of blanched almonds—I hear Jingle Bells faintly, somewhere behind me, no matter where I am.

Thumbs photo
October 6, 2014 | Nonfiction

Thumbs

Nicole Walker

That ability to dissociate—to look from above. You think it would make us save ourselves, seeing the planet from afar, feeling like with one hand, maybe you could fix it.  

Van Halen 2007-2008 Reunion Tour Black T-shirt photo
October 3, 2014 | Black: Inventory of Black T-shirts

Van Halen 2007-2008 Reunion Tour Black T-shirt

Jordan Wiklund

As David Lee Roth straddled a giant inflatable microphone, Alex Van Halen banged out the staccato... more

Hypothetical Empathy Online and the Five Tenants of Rejection photo
September 20, 2014 | Dispatches

Hypothetical Empathy Online and the Five Tenants of Rejection

Sean Kilpatrick

When you love someone who won’t love you back, that is your full time job.

A Gaze You Could Meet: My Struggle with My Struggle, Book 2 photo
September 19, 2014 | My Struggle with My Struggle

A Gaze You Could Meet: My Struggle with My Struggle, Book 2

Andrew Bomback

David Shields: Every artistic movement from the beginning of time is an attempt to figure... more

The Fisherman photo
September 16, 2014 | Nonfiction

The Fisherman

Hunter Sharpless

At first sight the line, nearly invisible but sometimes catching a ray of sun through the clinging water droplets, ran parallel to the brown water’s surface, from the tip of the pole held by the fisherman standing in the shallows out to unknown depths.

True Life: I Married Scott McClanahan photo
September 6, 2014 | Dispatches

True Life: I Married Scott McClanahan

Juliet Escoria

One morning I wake up and there are over thirty new texts on my phone, all from him. While I was sleeping, we got into an argument, made up, and then started fighting again, all without my knowledge or participation. Right now he is breaking up with me.

Recent Books

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Saul Stories

Elizabeth Ellen

a set of linked stories with some of the same characters from Person/a and a lot of new ones and the world is the same but different from the world in Person/a and the stories take place in a year absent from Person/a. if that makes sense. contains the Pushcart Prize winning story "Teen Culture" from American Short Fiction, if that's something that moves you to buy books. <3

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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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Dualities

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.