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Thought-Diving: An Essay photo
July 30, 2014 | Nonfiction

Thought-Diving: An Essay

Spencer Hyde

 I breathed in deeply, not knowing at the time I was breathing in the lives of all those at the café, those I sat with just moments before, molecules sliding from the rubble of the explosion into my lungs, bones nestling behind bones.

We Walk a Line photo
July 15, 2014 | Nonfiction

We Walk a Line

Amy Butcher

My roommate lives her life differently. This is what she claims. 

Obsolete People photo
July 10, 2014 | Nonfiction

Obsolete People

Tovah Burstein

You are obsolete. The cashier in your neighborhood’s grocery store is obsolete.  The typesetter—who placed each individual letter for the headlines of the morning paper—is obsolete. Tollbooths barely require someone to stand sentry in the middle of the highway to collect coins anymore and soon enough lasers will replace surgeons in operating rooms as well.

Dramatic Photos of a Fire: A Great, Stop-Motion Tragedy photo
July 2, 2014 | Nonfiction

Dramatic Photos of a Fire: A Great, Stop-Motion Tragedy

Michael Pagan

How we pretended to be other people for fun: “Hi, what’s your name?” she asked. “Bill,” I said. “Bill, huh? I can think of a lot of words that rhyme with Bill.”

Other People Podcast photo
July 1, 2014 | Nonfiction

Other People Podcast

Sean Kilpatrick

If one person can take from this that it is not about privilege, it is not fiction versus poet, it is none of the internet fashions of complaint and it is not anonymous (even though I am any-goddamn-pleasing-way anonymous with or without my fucking name) ...

Merry Christmas, Cheryl Ann photo
June 10, 2014 | Nonfiction

Merry Christmas, Cheryl Ann

Nathan Elias

The next three and a half or four minutes will be used to draw conclusions on the relevance and authenticity of Christmas based on self reflexivity by using photographs of Cheryl Ann during the days leading up to Christmas. 

The Last Room photo
June 4, 2014 | Nonfiction

The Last Room

Amy Benson

Humans learn occlusion on their way out of infancy—the ability to grasp that the toy still exists when it’s under the blanket...

Games of My Youth: True Animal Crossing photo
May 30, 2014 | Games of My Youth

Games of My Youth: True Animal Crossing

Tabitha Blankenbiller

I couldn’t have my Wii hooked up and not play Animal Crossing. That would be like fries without ketchup; Vegas without blurry duck-faced selfies. Matt let out an uneasy chuckle when he saw the game

Baptisms for the Dead photo
May 26, 2014 | Nonfiction

Baptisms for the Dead

Troy Weaver

We took a bus down to Dallas, TX, probably forty or fifty of us, and spent the night praying for our families in a large hotel room.

Person-Character photo
May 20, 2014 | TV, Nonfiction


Amanda Goldblatt

I wake up one morning and want to read Woolf. Being a woman writer. Is being a woman-who-is-a-writer something to consider, or. Yet it is not the gender really but the closeness to the skin,

The Burrito: A Brief History photo
May 19, 2014 | Nonfiction

The Burrito: A Brief History

Angela Morales

A burrito, historically, was a food of convenience, much like the sandwich—a transport vehicle for the meal itself...

Guns N Roses Chinese Democracy World Tour 2002 ★ 2003 Black T-shirt photo
May 16, 2014 | Black: Inventory of Black T-shirts

Guns N Roses Chinese Democracy World Tour 2002 ★ 2003 Black T-shirt

Jordan Wiklund

It has bullet holes in it.

Or rather, it’s meant to look like it’s been peppered with buckshot. The front of my Guns N Roses Chinese Democracy World Tour 2002 ★ 2003 black t-shirt features a

May 15, 2014 | Nonfiction


Jordan Castro

Versace "Medusa" V-Neck T-Shirt

This is the first article of designer clothing I ever owned. A month or so after I got out of rehab my grandma gave me a Nordstrom gift card for my birthday and

5 Short Essays  photo
May 13, 2014 | Nonfiction

5 Short Essays 

Thomas Cook

Imagine if you can, "a dirty house in a gutted world," the poet said, which what the poet said is precisely what I saw when I stopped to look around while listening to reports from the BBC and ironing my favorite lavender blouse. 

How I Turned Skyrim into a Middle-Class Life Simulator. photo
May 6, 2014 | Nonfiction

How I Turned Skyrim into a Middle-Class Life Simulator.

Darren Davis

In November 2011, Bethesda Game Studios released Skyrim, a gigantic, multi-console fantasy role playing game set in Bethesda's larger Elder Scrolls universe. Also in November 2011, I was just starting my graduate program at the University of Washington. I watched the footage on YouTube and told myself that after grad school, after I was done studying literary nonfiction and contextualizing and living an examined life, I would play the hell out of this game.

hi my name is, huh? my name is, what? photo
April 29, 2014 | Nonfiction

hi my name is, huh? my name is, what?

Richard Wehrenberg, Jr.


in maybe middle school i started telling my teachers, on the first day of class, that i’d prefer to be called rich. my friends started calling me rich too, because i told them to. i think

Frasier at 31 photo
April 21, 2014 | Nonfiction

Frasier at 31

Amanda Goldblatt

Frasier Crane never gets what he wants because Frasier Crane is a horrible person.


Amanda is in her first year of a new city, Chicago, binging on television on the internet, and suspects

The First Game photo
April 14, 2014 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

The First Game

Nicholas Ward

We parked on Michigan Avenue like we always would, walking hand-in-hand through Corktown, the oldest neighborhood in Detroit. We bought peanuts in brown paper bags from vendors on the street. They

Fat Guy photo
March 5, 2014 | Nonfiction

Fat Guy

Ray Shea

We'd stood in the rain to watch the fireworks, my girlfriend Linda and I, and it was perfect. It was Boston and it was the Fourth of July and even though it had poured buckets the whole time,

March 3, 2014 | Nonfiction


Mira Gonzalez


got off the airplane, spencer landed like an hour ago. either he is in the airport waiting to share a cab back to the HTML giant house with me or he already took a bus

Whipping Post photo
February 10, 2014 | Nonfiction

Whipping Post

Jill Talbot

Lone Star bottles were a dollar that night, and a leather-clad, hair-shaking woman howled “Whipping Post” on the stage.  You took down the grit of her voice in your beer, swallowed it like you had

A Face Like She Meditated photo
February 4, 2014 | Nonfiction

A Face Like She Meditated

Chloe Caldwell

I fell in love with a woman who had a face like she meditated.

Games of My Youth: The Snake Escape photo
January 31, 2014 | Games of My Youth

Games of My Youth: The Snake Escape

Tabitha Blankenbiller

Tabitha Blankenbiller is revisiting the games of her youth, replaying them and writing semi-regular column for us. Previous installments include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ("Fifty Shades

I Became A Pop Music Fan In Rehab photo
January 29, 2014 | Nonfiction

I Became A Pop Music Fan In Rehab

Jordan Castro

On August 23, 2013 I checked into an inpatient treatment center in middle-of-nowhere Ohio to get off heroin and other drugs. Besides detoxing me safely, teaching me things about drug addiction and

The Last Days of California and My Favorite Mary Millerisms photo
January 20, 2014 | Nonfiction

The Last Days of California and My Favorite Mary Millerisms

Amy Butcher

It’s been a big month for Mary Miller. Even prior to today’s release of her debut novel, The Last Days of California, excerpts and starred reviews found their way into the pages of Elle and O!

Recent Books


Elizabeth Ellen

"If Elizabeth Ellen exists, I would tell her it was like she channeled the anthemic scorn of Alanis Morrisette’s “You Outta Know” through Anais Nin, in her own inimitable way. And if Elizabeth Ellen doesn’t exist, at least she can invent herself.

—John Biscello, Riot Material

currently ON SALE for $11!

Legs Get Led Astray

Chloe Caldwell

“Legs Get Led Astray is a scorching hot glitter box full of youthful despair and dark delight.”

Cheryl Strayed, author of WILD 

currently ON SALE for $9!


Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen

“[Elizabeth Ellen] is the female Love Is a Dog from Hell.”

 – Chloe Caldwell, author of Women

currently ON SALE for $8!