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December 1, 2006 | Fiction


Martha Clarkson

The honeymoon suite in the bed and breakfast had a Harley-Davidson theme. When the brochure said ‘a haven for bikers,’ we assumed Schwinn. Cycling was part of our life – Mason had done the Tour

December 1, 2006 | Fiction

How Thurleen Met Skeeter

Martin Dodd

Thurleen’s feet hurt. And her head hurt from Parmalee’s algebra homework. Her eyes hurt because she didn’t have the money to replace her glasses. Her heart hurt because Roy never said the three

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 feet high and barely fitting under the deck in his small

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 of Nineteenth Century Disease and Deviance (ANCDD)
131 Riverside Drive, Apt. 1B
New York, NY 10021


August 20, 2006

Dear Mr.

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 on an unchartered island near Fiji. I was in a BarbaryTM skiff with a maniacal

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 his brother, a cop, but had never been worn because the brother, as K’s father

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 Doctors, the Police, the Park People, the Guy Who Sort of Looked Like

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 decision leaves my drink on the stove. I only have so many

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 restaurant at 9th and South when you’ll notice someone has painted a

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 stranger, a soon-to-be-new-relative took his picture, he hid

September 1, 2006 | Interview

Motorman meets the Son of Naked Lunch  An Interview with David Ohle on William Burroughs, Jr.

Savannah Schroll-Guz

David Ohle, author of the epic science fiction dystopia Motorman, will release a posthumous memoir of William S. Burroughs, Jr. through Soft Skull Press in September. Like his original

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 me a month later and says she’s pregnant. Says she’s left him, and

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 Diego’s warm hand in the candlelight of the church, the

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 underbelly of the wheel as he steered. He and Blume were on the

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 shake hands with the biggest griz ever shot down in this

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 think everyone thought about it too but no one said

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 its north tip, sliding below the belly of the globe to Adelaide. Somewhere down the

August 1, 2006 | Nonfiction

The Ducks of Santa Nella

Aaron Gilbreath

I came to the San Joaquin Valley to see the migratory ducks at California's San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. I found as much excitement in the truck stop town of Santa Nella.

Stuck halfway

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 Victoria of her secrets.

‘Whale,’ she hummed,

June 1, 2006 | Interview

An Interview with Eric Spitznagel

Elizabeth Ellen

Eric Spitznagel didn't always write porn. (And doesn't, it should be noted, anymore.) In fact, for most of his adult life (we can't answer for his teen years... God only knows what he was doing

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 good old USA, because something told him he had to. His name was Michael.

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 of this calibre is unacceptable. Total height of The Robot

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 check. He was going to anyway.

Table Six grinned. His sunburned

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 you looked outside," he asked Julie, spread like Orion on the rug with

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 talking with Chuck Kinder in his sixth floor office at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning building.

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 accents and harshly lit news programs with stories as stark as

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 funny, I told him I was going to do the same, but once I got

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 goodbye. Boo hoo. I wish you were coming with me! Now I’ll be the only girl

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 viaducts, me driving; my father in the passenger seat, slowly

April 1, 2006 | Fiction

why you should never go to used car sales in minor league ballparks


cheney stadium, home to the now defunct tacoma tigers and current tacoma rainiers, once held a monster used car blowout extravaganza in their parking lot. i was 17 and needed a cheap car, so i