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Can’t remember the last time I had a hard-on photo
September 29, 2022 | Nonfiction

Can’t remember the last time I had a hard-on

Kristian O'Hare

Now I bake bread to stay busy, to not think about dying.

A More Scenic Route Home photo
September 27, 2022 | Nonfiction

A More Scenic Route Home

John Darcy

Give me death and bloody rapture. Give me commensurate devastation. Make Revelation look like summer camp.

I Prefer Gucci photo
September 25, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

I Prefer Gucci

Keith Mason

it was the kind of night that made el segundo smell bad

Artifacts from Bachelorhood photo
September 25, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

Artifacts from Bachelorhood

David McDannald

Inside her door sat a bin jammed with what seemed a thousand umbrellas.

Saturday Night photo
September 22, 2022 | Nonfiction

Saturday Night

Ellie Lynch

He tells me he bought an ex girlfriend a $500 original copy of The Bell Jar. I say oh wow.

I Never Slept In My Bed On Ambien photo
September 18, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

I Never Slept In My Bed On Ambien

R. Jones


the worst thing about stopping Ambien was that I never did it with anybody else.

I did it alone in my bathtub.

I did it alone, smoking in the water, & when it kicked in I’d let the

M*A*S*H Notes photo
September 17, 2022 | Nonfiction

M*A*S*H Notes

Vivien Bui

I cannot express to you how badly I want to avoid talking about race. But there’s an elephant in the room... I was a few seasons in when I was struck with the realization of M*A*S*H’s ancillary role in my own history.

The Doctrine of the Mean photo
September 16, 2022 | Nonfiction

The Doctrine of the Mean

Yejun Chun

As soon as I looked into the faces of my fellow classmates, I realized that we all arrived here by the same road. The most enthusiastic people had their cameras turned off.

Living Outside the Present photo
September 13, 2022 | Nonfiction

Living Outside the Present

David Yourdon

All I do is force my son out of the present moment. He’s five years old. For him, there is hardly anything but the present moment.

How I Remember It photo
September 11, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

How I Remember It

Sammi LaBue



Remember when you would sit on the floor of my lavender painted room when I was 15 and you were 21? You’d twirl a dreadlock around your finger looking up at the wall of Teen People Magazine

Nicholson Baker’s U and I In 3 Days photo
September 8, 2022 | Contemporary Vantages on Vintage Contemporaries

Nicholson Baker’s U and I In 3 Days

Evan Williams

I started reading a book called U and I by Nicholson Baker today. It was the first Vintage Contemporaries book I could find on the shelves of the Powell’s down the street from my apartment.

Tattoo photo
September 6, 2022 | Nonfiction


John Picard

The other day she showed up at André’s apartment in the middle of the night with a red rose and, in the bottom of her purse, a steak knife...

Scotty Doesn't Know photo
September 4, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

Scotty Doesn't Know

Zoe Contros Kearl

a monstera I brought as a housewarming gift; bookcases betraying a brilliant, associative mind—the LOTR trilogy, a chess board, tomes on capitalism and ecology, The Power Broker, an anthology of gay poetry, more Caro books on LBJ, a poetry book I’d gifted atop the dusty shelves

Magic and Max Muncy photo
September 2, 2022 | Nonfiction

Magic and Max Muncy

Sara Finnerty

It’s 2018 and my husband and I are on the couch, watching what will end up being the longest World Series game in history— 18 innings, seven hours and twenty minutes. The Los Angeles Dodgers are

Woman in Pieces photo
August 31, 2022 | Nonfiction

Woman in Pieces

Lauren Lavín

Maybe it won’t work for you. Maybe you are too smart, or too cemented in your physicality. Or you’ve run your brain through more powerful substances than I have. But if you want to try to leave your

She Is Perdita photo
August 28, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

She Is Perdita

Jaden Tyler Urso

You think of all she taught you... The proper way to hold a Marlboro but never take a puff. The way she said you were beautiful, oh so long ago.

Estee Mattress Company photo
August 23, 2022 | Nonfiction

Estee Mattress Company

Tom Stern

We rely upon these narratives, asking them to explain away uncertainties about why we are the way we are, about how we have come to be in the world just like this. We ask them to prove to us that we have been here at all.

Maintaining Life photo
August 21, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

Maintaining Life

Jessica Daugherty

I worried I had magically bloated between 9 a.m. and lunch time, even though I’d only eaten the prescribed six saltine crackers.

Golden Light photo
August 18, 2022 | Nonfiction

Golden Light

Kent Kosack

A river coursing with so much life it broke through the surface. I liked that.

An Essay About Watching Brad Pitt Eat That Is Really About My Own Shit photo
August 16, 2022 | Nonfiction

An Essay About Watching Brad Pitt Eat That Is Really About My Own Shit

Lucas Mann

If anything, he believes he’s out there performing a perfect approximation of a regular man doing regular things, a regular body covered in flesh in the midst of that regular act of shoving sustenance into his facehole.

Transfiguration photo
August 15, 2022 | Nonfiction


DW McKinney

I didn’t believe my sister when she said our grandfather’s spirit had knocked her calendar off her living room wall.

Learning Love Can Be a Creative Force photo
August 14, 2022 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

Learning Love Can Be a Creative Force

Alyssa Oursler

S and I were together nearly a year before the band really got back on the road. Their six-week tour started in Minneapolis.

Release the Clutch photo
August 12, 2022 | Nonfiction

Release the Clutch

Steph Wagner-Kinnear

We stood in the middle of that road in front of that shimmering turquoise El Camino. He dangled the keys over my open palm and then dropped them, like we were in a movie.

For the Birds photo
August 10, 2022 | Nonfiction

For the Birds

Abby Manzella

We’ll leave your hair for the birds, she’d say, so they’ll build their nests to keep themselves and their babies protected.

Dog, Human, Whale, Yak photo
August 8, 2022 | Nonfiction

Dog, Human, Whale, Yak

Amie Souza Reilly

Eighteen days after our dog died, my husband dreamt of her.

Recent Books

Exit, Carefully

Elizabeth Ellen

"I loved reading Exit, Carefully. It’s unusual, and in my opinion exciting, to publish a play without previously receiving a major production."

                      -Walker Caplan, Lithub


Garielle Lutz

“Lutz’s work is a marvel of the possibilities of language.  Each of her sentences is an intricately crafted thing, deeply complex yet crystalline in its clarity . . . her command of each and every word remains supreme.”     

  --Mira Braneck, The Paris Review Daily


Garielle Lutz is the author of The Complete Gary Lutz, among other books.

Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

"[Her Lesser Work] is a collection of mordant and formally inventive stories circling themes of, let’s say, desire and escape within repressive structures."

      -Walker Caplan, Literary Hub

"Her Lesser Work is full of power and it takes risks and it's alive and real and it fixes a very sharp eye on the shit humans do to each other and themselves."

      -Lindsay Lerman, LitReactor