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Redefining All-You-Can-Eat: Our 14 Hour Challenge to Ryan's Steakhouse photo
June 1, 2007 | Nonfiction, Food & Drink

Redefining All-You-Can-Eat: Our 14 Hour Challenge to Ryan's Steakhouse

Blake Butler

It is 1:38 pm the day after the event and the best way I can think of to describe the way I feel is: food hangover. I'm dressed in the loosest clothing I own with a throbbing, deep-seated headache

An Interview with Pia Ehrhardt photo
June 1, 2007 | Interview

An Interview with Pia Ehrhardt

Matthew Simmons

Very soon, a book named Famous Fathers will appear on bookshelves. It's by the astonishing Pia Ehrhardt.

This is very exciting.

I have been a fan of Ehrhardt's subdued, gorgeous fiction for

Liberating Crabapples photo
June 1, 2007 | Fiction

Liberating Crabapples

Richard Osgood

Leonard Crank is an ass. He's a beer-in-a-can-drinking, White-Owl-cigar-smoking, wife-beater-wearing, greasy-haired slug. He is also my next-door neighbor. As for me, well, I have always been the

The Cousinfucker photo
June 1, 2007 | Fiction

The Cousinfucker

Litsa Dremousis

"Rita, I know you've slept with one of your cousins," Mom told me this morning at brunch.

My stomach kicked. I stopped chewing but couldn't swallow.

"Here, drink some juice," she said and

It's About Time photo
June 1, 2007 | Fiction

It's About Time

Martin Dodd

He sits in his chair, absently running his fingers through his thinning white hair. She hunches on the sofa, quivering, holding a shredded tissue in one hand and rubbing warmth into her forearm

Snakes & Ladders photo
June 1, 2007 | Fiction

Snakes & Ladders

Michael Loughrey

A ticket to watch Cindy do her striptease cost a dollar and an ice cream.

Terms and conditions of business were:

1) The dollar could be paid as a bill or in loose change, but currency from

An Interview with Ben Greenman photo
May 1, 2007 | Interview

An Interview with Ben Greenman

Matthew Simmons


The following is an email conversation I had with Ben Greenman, an editor at The New Yorker and the author of Superbad (McSweeney's) andSuperworse (Soft Skull Press). His new book, A Circle Is

Proofreader photo
May 1, 2007 | Fiction

Proofreader

Jeff Landon

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My father’s ashes clumped on the way to Smith Mountain Lake—it was probably the humidity. We had transferred his ashes from the urn because my mother thought the urn was ostentatious. We had

Transit photo
May 1, 2007 | Fiction

Transit

Laura van den Berg

Dina stood on the edge of the platform. She liked to feel the rush of the subway as it roared past. It was midnight. She was coming from a movie about a woman who liked to photograph strangers.

Lake-Effect Snow photo
May 1, 2007 | Fiction

Lake-Effect Snow

Sean Mills

The next morning, you get a call from the Days Inn Akron South and he tells you he’s been in an accident. He is unhurt but crying into your answering machine, saying that he didn’t want to call you

Overhanded photo
May 1, 2007 | Fiction

Overhanded

Amy Minton

He smokes overhanded like a soldier. She notices that right away. He's hiding the glowing ember in the cup of his hand just like he's been taught to do. Her grandfather once told her that the

Daisuke Matsuzaka's Other Legendary Talents photo
April 1, 2007 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Daisuke Matsuzaka's Other Legendary Talents

Christopher Monks

“Matsuzaka’s pitching motion is an elegant haiku, beauty captured in three parts separated by two pauses that he varies from pitch to pitch. He swings his hands over his head, pauses, lowers his

Me and the Boy 5-18-06 photo
April 1, 2007 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Me and the Boy 5-18-06

F. John Sharp

Night game 
 raining on and off 
 seats in right field 
 peanuts, nachos, hot dogs 
souvenir cap 
 in fancy modern non-classic design

Strolling 
 to center field to peer over the

Sandy Koufax 1964 photo
April 1, 2007 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Sandy Koufax 1964

Litsa Dremousis

Mark took a pencil out of his royal blue gym bag. He hunted for a scrap of notebook paper, something to write on, but all he could find was a half-eaten tuna fish and potato chip sandwich, a

And It's Outta Here photo
April 1, 2007 | BASEBALL, Fiction

And It's Outta Here

Caryn Rose

It's the middle of May, and the temperature has leveled off at a balmy 42 degrees at 7:30 p.m . This is why there were only about 15-20 people sitting in Section 12 -- or Section 14, or Section 22,

An Interview with Kevin Sampsell photo
March 1, 2007 | Interview

An Interview with Kevin Sampsell

Savannah Guz

Founder of Future Tense Books, Kevin Sampsell has helped a multitude of writers get their start and has become an influential literary personality in his own right. Hobart caught up with Sampsell

First Person, Unreliable photo
March 1, 2007 | Fiction

First Person, Unreliable

Ian F. King

Outside the apartment I'm leaving, in a spread out triangle of park benches on an oversized traffic island lined around the outside with waist-high shrubs, there's a vagrant man, grayed and out of

Scenes from the Elephant Garden photo
March 1, 2007 | Fiction

Scenes from the Elephant Garden

J. R. Salling

Eadweard Muybridge invented the photographic process called stop-motion photography, his most famous a series of stills illustrating a horse at full speed. My memories of our first house near

For Everything Else there is Mastercard photo
March 1, 2007 | Fiction

For Everything Else there is Mastercard

Tadzio Yuko

The man wiped his mouth with a silk handkerchief embroidered with his initials ($75.- a piece). He had just finished his meal of raw sea scallop carpaccio drizzled with white truffle oil and

Banned from the Hospice photo
March 1, 2007 | Fiction

Banned from the Hospice

Stefani Nellen

That day, when the nurses hugged her and welcomed her to the hospice, it all came together. Silke belonged here. She excelled in dying.

She sat up in bed all day, her fingers folded on her

An Interview with Ray Vukcevich photo
February 1, 2007 | Interview

An Interview with Ray Vukcevich

Matthew Simmons

Sometimes We All Go Kaboom

 

I used to have these inclinations. I would sit down to write a story, and something would occur to me as right and proper for that story. And I would think

List of 50 (3 of 50): Defective Database Partition photo
February 1, 2007 | Fiction

List of 50 (3 of 50): Defective Database Partition

Blake Butler

1. When I was sixteen I wrote a poem that started: As the years press down, I will remember you.

2. I have no idea who I was talking about when I wrote that.

3. Which means, I guess, that I

Forever Girl photo
February 1, 2007 | Fiction

Forever Girl

Kirk Farber

Carl Harlon had a singular, stunning thought as he balanced himself against the carnival’s bright orange plastic storm fence: she is breaking my heart. He watched as she made her way through the

Sweet Venus photo
February 1, 2007 | Fiction

Sweet Venus

Stefanie Freele

Rueben, since he is on acid and can do things like that, brings Venus right out of the painting that hangs in the bathroom at the organic café. Venus steps out and steps back in, several times, her

Rhinoceros photo
February 1, 2007 | Fiction

Rhinoceros

Michael Squeo

First he was on top and then she was on top and then he bent her over a chair and then she sat on the chair and pulled his head down. Then he was on top again and she pressed her feet into his back

An Interview with Kevin Brockmeier photo
January 1, 2007 | Interview

An Interview with Kevin Brockmeier

Matthew Simmons

What follows is an interview with the author Kevin Brockmeier on the subject of white space. For more information on Kevin Brockmeier, who is, in this reader's opinion, one of the finest young

Vanishing Point photo
January 1, 2007 | Fiction

Vanishing Point

Sean Mills

I should put you on the plane. The plane you’ll take to the bus you’ll take to the car you’ll drive home. I should put you on that plane. 

Instead, I take you to the train. But the train does

The Way There and the Way Back photo
January 1, 2007 | Fiction

The Way There and the Way Back

Dawn Corrigan

I. The Way There
 

On the way there you notice the light again, the same light you’ve noticed ever since you got here, a light that seems stronger than light you’ve seen elsewhere, as though

Lot 613 photo
January 1, 2007 | Fiction

Lot 613

J.W. Wang

She found me at the public auction house, a placard reading "613" displayed over my head. A jeweled egg hung from her left shoulder, crusted with rubies, diamonds, glinty stuff. "So what's your

The Train, Stopped photo
January 1, 2007 | Fiction

The Train, Stopped

Jodee Stanley

Sometimes there is a freight train stopped on the tracks. The tracks split the town, dividing it into one half and the other. On the one side, there is school. On the other, there is the little