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February 8, 2023 | Nonfiction

eating watermelon peachy-o’s

Elle Brooks

“You’re dirty,” you said to me, “I don’t kiss you because I think about how many dicks must’ve been in your mouth."

February 5, 2023 | fucked up modern love essays

Prom

Naomi Leigh

I was sobbing too loud for the men’s room and I was in no shape to explain myself so I settled on the supply closet next to it. After a couple minutes of moping I got a BBM (we had to have Blackberries then, for whatever reason) from Jarrett. “Were fuck are you bro?

January 30, 2023 | Nonfiction

On Suicidality, “Girl Interrupted Syndrome,” and the BMV

Emma Bhatt

To begin abruptly: I’ve been some degree of suicidal since I was fourteen. I don’t think this makes me special. In fact, I think I’d be more of an individual if I’d always wanted to live.

January 29, 2023 | fucked up modern love essays

You stopped taking

Shalini Singh

A year wrapped in a day, a teardrop at the climax of every way that wounded, furthering the wounds.

January 22, 2023 | fucked up modern love essays

Ex ante, Ex post

Gillan Sims

That was the world then…

That was the world then….bawdy cars and tawdry thoughts and rundown wannabe skyscrapers brownie baked by the sun that just looked cheap against the horizon and everybody

January 16, 2023 | Nonfiction

Why I Did It

Miss Unity

The day I stopped being a woman was a hard-boiled egg kind of day. 

January 15, 2023 | fucked up modern love essays

Destroyer

Jerusha Crone

I hold myself in the plank position. The little dog sits on the rug watching. It’s a very expensive rug. She’s not supposed to be here. He’s up on the purple couch and I do not know what he is

January 8, 2023 | fucked up modern love essays

Moonlight Empaths

Caroll Sun Yang

I was zipped up to my nose in a sleeping bag, inhaling moist breath mingled with olfactory ghosts of campfires and wild sex past.

January 2, 2023 | fucked up modern love essays

From a Letter, 1980

Garielle Lutz

We paid the cover charge and stood among the young homosexuals of Columbus.

November 9, 2022 | Nonfiction

Year of the Buffalo by Aaron Burch: a Review

Elizabeth Ellen

Becca, Ernie’s wife, estranged wife most of the novel until finally she is his ex-wife at the end, based on the author’s, based on Aaron’s, ex-wife, Elizabeth Ellen, who is, oddly, metally, writing these words, typing them into a Word doc at nine in the morning

November 9, 2022 | Nonfiction

MY JUNKIE DREAMS NEVER END IN SHOOTING UP

Christian Bodney

I wake up glad to not be strung out.

I wonder how my drug dealers are doing.

October 25, 2022 | Nonfiction

Hierarchy of Fear (most fearful to least fearful*) in the Literary World

Elizabeth Ellen

-Editor at a literary journal attempting to be good, moral ppl (see: 1990s Christian Right)

October 13, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

Letter from the editor

Elizabeth Ellen

I never wanted to run this ship. Frankly, I’d rather spend my time writing.

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.

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.

September 18, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

I Never Slept In My Bed On Ambien

R. Jones

Hello,

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

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.

September 11, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

How I Remember It

Sammi LaBue

 

1.

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

September 6, 2022 | Nonfiction

Tattoo

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...

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

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

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

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.

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.

August 18, 2022 | Nonfiction

Golden Light

Kent Kosack

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

Recent Books

Dear Nico: the Diary of Elizabeth Ellen (Nov, 2018-Feb, 2020)

Elizabeth Ellen

 "It captures all the doubts, giddiness, confessional streaks, blabbiness, self-alarms, rationalizations, feigned equipoise, and instantly breakable resolves of a person freshly infatuated and likely in love."   -anonymous writer friend

Worsted

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