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December 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Katie Bowler and Matthew Specktor

Anna Clark

(Editor's note: this month, I asked a former Warren Wilson classmate of mine, Anna Clark, to – in a virtual setting – sit down with two other former classmates on the occasion of the publication of

December 1, 2009 | Fiction


Glen Pourciau

A few minutes till closing on a Friday, a kid still in the library, no parent with him, too cold out for him to walk home if he lives any distance away, no coat, only a thin jacket over his shirt.

December 1, 2009 | Fiction

Two Stories

Kuzhali Manickavel

The Four Steps of Standard Plastination

1. Fixation

When Lily was born, it was decided she would be the last because the family already had too many children. She was named after her

December 1, 2009 | Fiction

Graham Will Fall and Hit His Head

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz

Graham needs to be an interesting character. Graham is a doctor. Graham is a brain surgeon. Graham is a brain surgeon who worries that one day he will be alone in his apartment, nuking leftovers,

December 1, 2009 | Fiction

Notes on a Failed Town

Trent England

It was a long time before slavery went away. The town kept their own slaves well into the Carnegie Administration, trading them and gifting the young to newlyweds. When it was outlawed, seven

December 1, 2009 | Fiction

Three Stories

Xhenet Aliu

How To Play Shit

My brothers Kimi and Mike left with their friend Carmen to steal some watermelon Now & Laters from the deli across the street from the one run by Joe. We didn't steal from

November 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Victor LaValle

Amy Minton

AMY: Hello, Victor. Thank you for agreeing to talk with me again. As with our last interview, I'd like to start with a quote — not from Bruce Campbell this time, but from the epigraph of your

November 1, 2009 | Fiction

House Calls

Chad Simpson

The sun wasn't even fully up yet and there I was, on some stranger's roof, about to begin work for the day, when this girl, maybe four or five years old, tottered down the front steps of the house

November 1, 2009 | Fiction

The Secret of Healers and Monsters

Justin Hamm

All his life the boy threw knives. In his youth he threw knives only in his mind, pretended himself the central attraction of a small but famous circus troupe that traveled the dusty southwest in

November 1, 2009 | Fiction

Capture This Thing

Brian Mihok

Take it from inside you and draw it out. Do it before it decides you are not what you seem to be and, as a result, holds you up by the thumbs. You are picking up that teacup, I see you. You are

November 1, 2009 | Fiction

Fathers, Sons, Acorns, Oak Trees

Roxane Gay

In high school, dating Randall "Big Randy" Barton was a rite of passage for the small population of black girls at our exclusive boarding school in rural New Hampshire. His father was a prominent

October 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Patrick deWitt

Matthew Simmons

The drinking life has been rendered in print on so many occasions, it seems unlikely that anyone could find anything new to say about it. It seems unlikely, but then Patrick DeWitt's

October 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Molly Gaudry

Amy Minton

Molly Gaudry yanked me back from a depressing precipice. For the past three weeks I've been immersed in the world of Cormac McCarthy, climbing inside his mind via his newly opened archive at Texas

October 1, 2009 | Fiction

My Hand, Dead Tissue, Severed at the Wrist

Kevin Wilson

Carol Gipson had acne and was the slightest bit pudgy but she seemed like someone who would turn beautiful with time and I wanted to get in on the ground floor. To spend more time with her, I'd

October 1, 2009 | Fiction

A Businessman &

Reynard Seifert

I put on my suit. It's a business suit. I'm a businessman and I mean business. I mean 'business' with a big 'B' and an ampersand. So from now on, I will say, I'm a Businessman &. Because it

October 1, 2009 | Fiction

Mechler & I

Andrew Roe

With apologies to Jorge Luis Borges' "Borges and I"

The other one, the one called Melcher, is the fuckup.

I travel a lot for work (sales) and when I'm driving or flying or sitting in an

October 1, 2009 | Fiction


David Holub

Doug's house looks the same as Bob's house. Bob lives next to Doug. On the ground surrounding their houses they have planted blades of vegetation. Thousands of them; millions perhaps. They call

October 1, 2009 | Fiction

Four Recent Apocalypses

Lucy Corin


All these people. How did they do it? Well, many did not. Broke as eggs on sidewalks, sister. They were walking around in the street, everywhere, and I was there, watching it unfold. In

September 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Kyle Beachy

Jensen Whelan

Kyle Beachy's debut novel The Slide is the kind of first novel that makes you happy for the presence of books in the world. It's weird and wild and hilarious and touching all at once. This book

September 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with J. Robert Lennon

Andrew Ervin

I first read J. Robert Lennon in a short-lived lit mag out of Philly called Night Rally. I picked up a copy of the first issue at Borders after a Michael Chabon reading in October 2000, and

September 1, 2009 | Fiction

The Zoo: Two Stories

J. A. Tyler


For the penguins it is cold and sometimes it is cold like that in my bedroom, where I sleep, and the covers that cover me up aren't enough to keep me warm. This is summer, but there

September 1, 2009 | Fiction

Slut Whore

Cami Park

Slut Whore has every Barbie on the market, lined up sitting on her windowsill along her bedroom wall, and all the best clothes and accessories. She invites her friends over and they dress and

September 1, 2009 | Fiction

Interview with a Union Soldier, Recently Dead

Erin Lindsay McCabe

Near a mound of fresh dirt under a sprawling oak tree. Cannons rumble in the distance. Lounging next to the mound is a young man, about 19. He is dirty. Underneath the dirt and blood streaking his

September 1, 2009 | Fiction

A Letter to Amandas

Amanda Marbais

My friend Brandon has packed his friend's Jeep with provisions of snowballs, dried turkey, Finlandia. Observing the heaped vehicle, and considering the 2,700 miles to California, I am reminded of

July 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Larry Fondation

Brian Allen Carr

Larry Fondation is the author of four books, all of which display his mastery at quilting micro and short fictions to create large bodied tales.

His latest collection, Unintended

July 1, 2009 | Fiction

In the Land Between the Valley and the Hills, What Men Said, They Meant

Damian Dressick

Before the blue was sailed by Columbus and his greedy, maritime ilk, before the men who followed him brought plagues, monotheism and gunpowder, there dwelt in the Piedmont a small band of itinerant

July 1, 2009 | Fiction

Garbage Day

Baird Harper

Early Morning

Debra Jims dreams of Kool-Aid. The juice leaves a red mustache above her lip. Men around her have mustaches too, real ones, thick and masculine. Her husband Todd rolls over and

July 1, 2009 | Fiction

Tell the Bees

Jessica Piazza

"...as soon as a member of the family has breathed his or her last a younger member of the household... is told to visit the hives, and rattling a chain of small keys tap on the hive and whisper

July 1, 2009 | Fiction

The Piano Thief and Hamsters

Stephen Graham Jones

The Piano Thief

It'll take him all of a month, longer if he's in love. But always at least those thirty days. Because a piano is heavy. What he's learned to do over the years, though, is take

June 1, 2009 | Interview

An Interview with Jedediah Berry

Jensen Whelan

Jedediah Berry's first novel The Manual of Detection came out in February from the Penguin Press to uniformly awesome reviews from places like the New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The