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Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity photo
February 25, 2015 | Fiction

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

Derick Dupre

The Germans call it the downfall. The French call it sleep. The Polish just give you vague directions.

Russian Fathers and Russian Sons photo
February 23, 2015 | Fiction

Russian Fathers and Russian Sons

Hugh Smith

It’s also the story of a horse, which is a word but also a kind of animal.

The Lot photo
February 20, 2015 | Fiction

The Lot

Stephany Aulenback

It was tiny, the prefab. A neat little one-room bungalow with a kitchenette along one wall and a tiny separate bathroom and the saleswoman told Greg that, in a pinch, he could move in as soon as it was delivered.

Cigarette Shotgun photo
February 19, 2015 | Fiction

Cigarette Shotgun

Victor Freeze

All I wanted to do was tell some jokes at an open mic and look what I had to go through. I was running for my life.

A Partial List of People I’ve Blocked on Facebook photo
February 18, 2015 | Fiction

A Partial List of People I’ve Blocked on Facebook

Elle Nash

5. 'Jacob', whose frameless bed I’d crawl out of at 4:30 am to get to work.

Seed Room photo
February 18, 2015 | Fiction

Seed Room

David Rice

 I looked down and saw, in place of the disorder there had been, the penis and testicles of a small boy sprouting from me, growing incrementally as I ran, at about the rate of one year per second. 

Autumn Rhythm photo
February 17, 2015 | Fiction

Autumn Rhythm

Jimmy Chen

Did it bother him that his only erotic recourse that evening would be to pretend masterpiece on her face? Yes. 

2 Fictions photo
February 16, 2015 | Fiction

2 Fictions

Stefan Kiesbye

Katie keeps a pet duck in her Echo Park garden house. We sit on the edge of her tub and she sings, 'You are so beautiful to me,' the Joe Cocker song.

Craig and Crystal photo
February 13, 2015 | Fiction

Craig and Crystal

Fortunato Salazar

and yes, I know how everyone beats up on StevenHawking, that he doesn’t do his thinking for himself, he had one good idea and that was that

Beaver Hunt photo
February 11, 2015 | Fiction

Beaver Hunt

Vanessa Norton

We stood there, not knowing what to do, so he lowered himself to the floor to show me how he slept.

“Don't you get cold?”

“Only when it's windy.”

“You're in Wyoming.” 

“I'll show

Babies from the Dry Counties photo
February 9, 2015 | Fiction

Babies from the Dry Counties

Adam Morris

Babies from the Dry Counties became a fated élite. From the creamiest of breasts to organic kale pudding and Montessori kindergarten.

A Thicket. A Glen. photo
February 6, 2015 | Fiction

A Thicket. A Glen.

Jane-Rebecca Cannarella

We were trying to figure out what a deer's home is called. A thicket? A glen?

2 Fictions photo
February 4, 2015 | Fiction

2 Fictions

Robert Lopez

The trouble with paddling is your arms get tired. I tell this to the girls but they don’t listen.

Grieve photo
January 27, 2015 | Fiction

Grieve

Katherine Robb

Call brother Henry in Louisville. Tell him to call baby sister Clementine in Augusta.

The Red Crown photo
January 23, 2015 | Fiction

The Red Crown

Elizabeth Hart Bergstrom

Once, all foxes were silver.

One Hundred One Sentences for Sir Ernest Shackleton photo
January 19, 2015 | Fiction

One Hundred One Sentences for Sir Ernest Shackleton

Kelly Ramsey

1.   It was always ice. Ice: a word like a shard of glass shived in his ribs. The dark plain he was bound to travel. His paramour, his nightmare, his lost thumb. His vice.

Symptomatic photo
January 15, 2015 | Fiction

Symptomatic

Valerie Vogrin

You are a diagnostician, alert for symptoms: ridged fingernails, yellow eye-whites, swollen knuckles, broken capillaries. 

The Zebulons photo
January 14, 2015 | Fiction

The Zebulons

Brett Beach

Our town’s ordinance—passed in 1862—named the first-born son of each family Zebulon.

Zombie Ant Fungus photo
January 12, 2015 | Fiction

Zombie Ant Fungus

Joshua Shaw

My ex, Mark, calls me at two in the morning to tell me he’s figured out what’s causing his problems.

Inutile photo
January 6, 2015 | Fiction

Inutile

Greg Mulcahy

When one didn’t work, turned to another one. Turned to one who could be spun.

Turned and spun.

That the language of business.

What other language would he—would any of

Donkey photo
December 29, 2014 | Fiction

Donkey

Melissa Yancy

Thank you for agreeing to serve as my culture champion. I appreciate you.

To Fall is to Serve the Public Good photo
December 24, 2014 | Fiction

To Fall is to Serve the Public Good

Shane Hunt

Defenestrated again. On the way down I regret that it isn’t raining.

Brass on Oak; Oak on Marble; Marble on Glass; Glass on Steel photo
December 17, 2014 | Fiction

Brass on Oak; Oak on Marble; Marble on Glass; Glass on Steel

Andrew Brininstool

Ed's note: This story originally ran on Hobart in 2010. In celebration of the upcoming publication of Andrew Brininstool's book, Crude Sketches Done in Quick Succession, in which this story

No Room for Discontent photo
December 16, 2014 | Fiction

No Room for Discontent

Olga Zilberbourg

Four decades after breaking off our high school romance, we found each other again, I, Phillip, twenty-five years into my second marriage, and I, Lily, divorced.

Outcasts photo
December 11, 2014 | Fiction

Outcasts

Danny Lorberbaum

Toby was blind. He was different. We left him alone.

 

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

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.

HARDCORE

Mik Grantham

 

"Mik Grantham is a real killer. One of my favorite artists working today. HARDCORE is not hard to read"

 - Bud Smith, author of Teenager (Vintage)