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How Vanilla Became White photo
July 27, 2018 | Nonfiction

How Vanilla Became White

Deborah Thompson

A spoonful of vanilla ice cream crosses oceans of history. Hold that dollop on the back of your tongue.  Consider.

Today,... more

An Act of Faith photo
July 25, 2018 | Nonfiction

An Act of Faith

Will McMillan

“God is good!” my uncle Albert chanted, and his congregation agreed in full force.

YES! AMEN! YES GOD, AMEN!

“God is willing to... more

Shitcanned: My Parallel Year with Hillary Clinton (ftg. Bradley Whitford) photo
July 24, 2018 | Nonfiction

Shitcanned: My Parallel Year with Hillary Clinton (ftg. Bradley Whitford)

Amanda McNeil

My sister once told me if you clench your butt cheeks together you won’t cry, a tip she learned from a hairdresser. I took a deep breath and went back to my office with my boss, squeezing my ass cheeks as tight I as could. 

Baptism photo
July 19, 2018 | Nonfiction

Baptism

Savannah Brooks

At eighteen I got two stars tattooed on my ankle. I used to tell people a variety of stories: they were falling stars, they were the stars from... more

It Matters What You Call A Thing photo
July 19, 2018 | Nonfiction

It Matters What You Call A Thing

Tariq al Haydar

The following is either a CONFESSION or a LIE or a LITERARY EXPERIMENT. Choose Your Own Adventure. If you would like... more

Kurt Cobain Doesn't Know Much Of Anything photo
July 16, 2018 | Nonfiction

Kurt Cobain Doesn't Know Much Of Anything

Michael Stutz

What I've written here is, of course, something that Kurt Cobain will never know. On April 8, the discovery... more

"Talkin' Bout Practice": March Madness photo
July 13, 2018 | Nonfiction

"Talkin' Bout Practice": March Madness

Alyssa Oursler

This wasn’t supposed to be an essay.

Things in my Room: The Bunting photo
July 13, 2018 | Nonfiction

Things in my Room: The Bunting

Martha Grover

I became obsessed with the idea of bunting. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I wanted to make my own.

Turning 40 photo
July 10, 2018 | Nonfiction

Turning 40

Larissa Kosmos

After I turned thirty-five, the age of forty circled me like a shark. My dread of it intensified with each passing year. On my thirty-eighth... more

Desperately Seeking Whoopi: Whoopi Goldberg, live at the Motorcity Casino, Detroit, Friday, June 15th, 2018 photo
June 28, 2018 | Nonfiction

Desperately Seeking Whoopi: Whoopi Goldberg, live at the Motorcity Casino, Detroit, Friday, June 15th, 2018

Elizabeth Ellen

Ironically, hours before we went to see Whoopi, I texted two friends from my bathtub that I didn’t think I would ever write another essay. It was “too hard.” “People only want to vilify you, so they look for words to use to that end, and ignore the rest of what you’ve said.”

ugly dusk photo
June 26, 2018 | Nonfiction

ugly dusk

Logan February

Jack Daniel screams his way down my throat & it’s a dry thrust.

Things in my Room: Versace Gold Duffel Bag photo
June 22, 2018 | Nonfiction

Things in my Room: Versace Gold Duffel Bag

Martha Grover

Now I’m not dating anymore and I use the gold duffel bag to haul my belongings from one house-sitting gig to the next.

Breaking Up With Pathology photo
June 13, 2018 | Nonfiction

Breaking Up With Pathology

Sara Greenslit

At first, it seemed like a poet’s dream day job. A job of watching, then describing.

The Shape of a Story photo
June 4, 2018 | Nonfiction

The Shape of a Story

Jason Schwartzman

“Bit ‘im in the jugular,” the truck driver tells me about the bear ten feet away, describing the day the bear went crazy.

Things in my room: Shrine photo
June 1, 2018 | Nonfiction

Things in my room: Shrine

Martha Grover

The morning of our second date I drew a card – now I can’t remember which one...

Things in my Room: Mirror Ball photo
May 11, 2018 | Nonfiction

Things in my Room: Mirror Ball

Martha Grover

It’s someone’s job to bury the dead.

The Unfinished City photo
May 1, 2018 | Nonfiction

The Unfinished City

Barrett Bowlin

On my last night in Zhenjiang, the three other laowai and I—each of us western foreigners: three upstaters and a guy from Toronto—walk the condominium-lined miles out to the banks of the Yangtze river.

Ground Rules photo
April 27, 2018 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Ground Rules

Shana Agid

Summers to Harridge, April 20, 1950: I am writing to inform you of the changes in the Washington ball park. It is rather difficult to... more

This is my brain on baseball photo
April 11, 2018 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

This is my brain on baseball

Alice Lowe

Crack! The sound of impact, ball on bat...

Congratulate Me, Too photo
April 4, 2018 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Congratulate Me, Too

Josh Sippie

I couldn’t cut my hair (I’m no sheep) and I sure as hell couldn’t change my love of the Houston Astros.

Portrait Hall Palimpsest: Storied Houses photo
March 16, 2018 | Nonfiction

Portrait Hall Palimpsest: Storied Houses

Kierstin Bridger

Canvas after canvas I see my life in scenes the artist cannot know.

Hinterland Transmissions: All The Makings Of A Real Bad Day photo
March 9, 2018 | Dispatches

Hinterland Transmissions: All The Makings Of A Real Bad Day

Steve Anwyll

Then I hear it. Loud as the train coming into the station. Fuckinragabagagrrahfuuck. Ah ha. Of course. The unmistakable call of the down and out drunk.

We Need to Talk photo
March 5, 2018 | Nonfiction

We Need to Talk

Lauren Grabowski

I immediately remembered the Sex and the City episode where Samantha wants to sleep with the Franciscan priest she refers to as Friar Fuck.

Fold the Dough Like It’s a Letter photo
February 13, 2018 | Nonfiction

Fold the Dough Like It’s a Letter

Emma Terhaar

Do you ever make pieces of origami, folding a sheet of paper over and over intentionally? Do you feel silly? Do you question each fold, or trust that the folds will add up to the frog or the bird you were promised?

The Mysterious Ecstasy of Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball for Super Nintendo photo
February 5, 2018 | Nonfiction

The Mysterious Ecstasy of Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball for Super Nintendo

Sean Gill

They may even remember that while the game licensed team names, logos, and stadiums, and specifically licensed Ken Griffey Jr.'s name, statistics, and likeness—they did not license the names of Major League Baseball's other 699 players.

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PERSON/A

Elizabeth Ellen


*limited time sale on Person/a: $10!

"Person/a chosen as a best work of experimental literature by Lithub!"
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WOMEN

Chloe Caldwell

"Women by Chloe Caldwell s a beautiful read/a perfect primer for an explosive lesbian affair/an essential truth." -- Lena Dunham

"I read it a couple of months ago in one can't-put-it-down-even-though-it's-the-middle-of-the-night sitting. It's as intense and interesting and clear-hearted as they come." -- Cheryl Strayed

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Saul Stories

Elizabeth Ellen

“Reading these stories makes me wanna smoke weed and drive thru mcds 24/7.”

 – Chloe Caldwell, author of Women