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White Privilege is Just a Buzzword

White privilege is nothing more than an over-inflated buzzword in today’s entitled society. Many will read this and scoff or immediately bellow their disdain for the prior statement without ever reading any further. It seems that’s exactly the type of closed-minded...

Is That All There Is

I had been practicing how to be the other woman. How to only meet on foggy nights and wear a beige trench coat with nothing on underneath, and pout just right.  How to always wear perfume so that maybe she would smell it, just enough, to imagine me. I practiced being...

Whither the Women’s Film Empire?

on the set of “Return to Lonesome Dove”, photo courtesy: susan c. ingram Watching Scorsese’s “Irishman” Made Me Yearn for Women-Centric Epics Somewhere in the middle or even in the first third of “The Irishman” I started to feel uncomfortable. And not because of the...

Plunger Girl Versus The Wrench Man: Pipe Dreams

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Local Hero “Plunger Girl” Becomes Rallying Figure for Fighting Violence Against Women [Katherine Johns, Northwest Post] Crystal Valley attorney Sandra White never imagined that she’d become an Internet sensation. When alleged...

Magic: An Essay on Kissing

I’ve kissed many people in my life. Too many boys my father would have hated, and my mother would have chased out of her house with her favorite chancla. I’ve kissed tall boys and short boys and even a pretty girl once. She smelled of peppermint tea and lemonade...

Anatomy of a Girl Blunt: How Female Lyricists Have Redefined Weed

It is difficult to think of a lyrical cliche more cringeworthy than comparing love to a drug. It’s a cardinal songwriting sin that’s been committed countless times across genres, from the mainstream to the underground.   Justin Timberlake spent his 2006...

Providing a place of connection through a free forum of discussion, opinion and analysis on the topics that affect us the most.

IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

IF YOU LOVE ME, You’ll Eat This

In my family, food is how we say, “I love you.” The meal we cook is a valentine. Eating every bit of what’s served is a return kiss. And this lover’s dance passed down to me. If I care about you, I cook for you.     I learned this from my grandmother, “Nanny,” we...

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The Scent of Sun

The Scent of Sun

scent of sun | photography by katherine cart So, who are you? What do terpenes and trichomes mean to you? Do you shiver and scowl when a kid walks by, stinking of last night’s joint? Or do you take a second whiff, then a third, trying to remember the last time you...

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Tariq

Tariq

My first day in Kani on the southern Saharan fringe, I met Tariq. His skin was darker than the sand under my feet, but not quite the burnt brown of the dust that blew from the west every afternoon, darkening the sky and burnishing the mud- and stone-walls of the...

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Hidden Weeds | Buying Pot in Puerto Escondido

Hidden Weeds | Buying Pot in Puerto Escondido

"This weed is garbage." I say it aloud, even though there is no one to hear me. It's like my testament to the universe. I know that living in Vancouver, one of the very best places for high-quality cannabis on the planet has really spoiled me. However, the bag of weed...

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Where We Go One, We Go All: Subliminal Terror

Where We Go One, We Go All: Subliminal Terror

“Livius, if you listen very carefully, you can hear the gods laughing.” --Commodus, from Fall of the Roman Empire     For some, it is a portal to a horrific world, a black hole that tugs despite all gravitational and grounded forces. But not to me. Nothing beckons...

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Ground Girl

Ground Girl

My uniform is a box cutter and gloves. When I’m on the job, I wonder what else to wear. The men around me wear stained shorts and baggy tee shirts.     I laughed when I told people I was going to be an electrician. They laughed too. Well I’m not actually going to be...

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A Persistent History

A Persistent History

Fear has this funny way of abstracting itself. Of getting passed down, hand to hand, generation to generation. Whispering mouth to shivering ear. All kinds of forms and all kinds of modes, we’re wrapped up in it, us brave, pant suit-wearing, cellphone-toting animals...

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A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Travel Trailers and Cold Coffee

illustrations by ana carolina maciel No one knows what to expect when going through a divorce. There is the financial burden, custody of the kids, and the question, “Who is going to get what?” Not to mention you are losing someone you thought you were going to spend...

mise en scene

illustrations by sidney teles The roaring in my ears got louder and louder until it was all I could hear. It was a strangely low, screaming sound when you listened closely, as few but I did. The roar was louder than the rushing water swirling around our ankles, louder...

Impropriety

illustrations by sidney teles “I’ll just take a walk to the store.  It will only take five minutes.” I watched my husband leave the dinner to purchase a bottle of brandy, his boss’s, Rachel, favorite.  The dinner party celebrating her promotion into John’s division...

The Adventures of Butch and the Holy Brigade

Butch kissed an alien today; a goddess that would leave her changed for a lifetime. The stranger’s cat-like amber eyes shimmered with fire as the early autumn sun reflected their beautiful aura, her beautiful aura. It pulled Butch closer and closer until she could no...

When Your Girlfriend Owns a Rooster

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Your girlfriend, Risa, has brought a rooster home. It’s squawking between her slender fingers. If Risa weren’t a woman, you might feel like an old-timey wife. She’s like a breadwinner bearing fresh meat. You consider, for a moment,...

Suited

illustrations by ana carolina maciel A woman walked down a sidewalk as she pushed a stroller with her nine-month-old child twisting uncomfortably inside. The baby released an unsettling cry causing the woman to stop the stroller. She knelt to hand the baby his...

Taxista

illustrations by ana carolina maciel "¡Sigue, sigue!" a pedestrian shouted, laughing, as I chased after the bus that wasn't going to stop. I gave up after only a few yards, breathing heavily from the stress of having missed it more than the physical exertion of...

The Riller

illustrations by sidney teles The following events mark an attempt to contain the condition prevalent amongst the young, an inherited infection known as RILS: Rebel Insurgent Legacy Syndrome: those infected are commonly known as Rillers. The containment was only...

Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

paper cuts from the pages of leviticus | illustrations by ana carolina maciel   "Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain shouldn’t make...

Pig Boy!

pig boy | illustrations by sidney teles The call came late in the night. Eyes wide, unable to sleep, I accepted the call. My stepmother wept on the other end. “Did he pass?” I asked, my voice a whisper that cut through the dark. “Yes, a few days ago.” “Why didn’t you...

Whatever shape reality takes is often a reflection of the world around us. Through the art of storytelling, we are able to understand our society, our culture, and ourselves better.

A genuine REFLECTION OF THE human EXPERIENCE IN TODAY’S WORLD.

White Privilege is Just a Buzzword

White privilege is nothing more than an over-inflated buzzword in today’s entitled society. Many will read this and scoff or immediately bellow their disdain for the prior statement without ever reading any further. It seems that’s exactly the type of closed-minded...

Is That All There Is

I had been practicing how to be the other woman. How to only meet on foggy nights and wear a beige trench coat with nothing on underneath, and pout just right.  How to always wear perfume so that maybe she would smell it, just enough, to imagine me. I practiced being...

Whither the Women’s Film Empire?

on the set of “Return to Lonesome Dove”, photo courtesy: susan c. ingram Watching Scorsese’s “Irishman” Made Me Yearn for Women-Centric Epics Somewhere in the middle or even in the first third of “The Irishman” I started to feel uncomfortable. And not because of the...

Plunger Girl Versus The Wrench Man: Pipe Dreams

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Local Hero “Plunger Girl” Becomes Rallying Figure for Fighting Violence Against Women [Katherine Johns, Northwest Post] Crystal Valley attorney Sandra White never imagined that she’d become an Internet sensation. When alleged...

Magic: An Essay on Kissing

I’ve kissed many people in my life. Too many boys my father would have hated, and my mother would have chased out of her house with her favorite chancla. I’ve kissed tall boys and short boys and even a pretty girl once. She smelled of peppermint tea and lemonade...

Anatomy of a Girl Blunt: How Female Lyricists Have Redefined Weed

It is difficult to think of a lyrical cliche more cringeworthy than comparing love to a drug. It’s a cardinal songwriting sin that’s been committed countless times across genres, from the mainstream to the underground.   Justin Timberlake spent his 2006...

Providing a place of connection through a free forum of discussion, opinion and analysis on the topics that affect us the most.

Unlovable Things

Unlovable Things

I could only watch in horror as he grabbed anything to stop her from moving.  I wonder if someone else saw me struggling like I was seeing her but wasn’t sure whether to stop it.  This thought alone made me hesitate next to the glass, stomach in a knot.  Was he...

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“OLD POETRY” IN POST-TRUTH AMERICA

“OLD POETRY” IN POST-TRUTH AMERICA

dead poets society | illustrations by seth williams In 1998, Robert Creeley published So There: Poems 1976 – 1983 with a preface full of italicized paragraphs to suggest a variation of voice (Collected Poems, vol. 2, pp. ix-xi). These italicized ruminations between...

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NO CHILDREN ALLOWED

NO CHILDREN ALLOWED

no children allowed | illustrations by ana carolina maciel October 5, 2017 was the best day of my life. Better than the day I graduated with my MFA. Better than the day I went skydiving. Better than the day I got my dream job and danced on top of my coffee table. It...

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A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Travel Trailers and Cold Coffee

illustrations by ana carolina maciel No one knows what to expect when going through a divorce. There is the financial burden, custody of the kids, and the question, “Who is going to get what?” Not to mention you are losing someone you thought you were going to spend...

mise en scene

illustrations by sidney teles The roaring in my ears got louder and louder until it was all I could hear. It was a strangely low, screaming sound when you listened closely, as few but I did. The roar was louder than the rushing water swirling around our ankles, louder...

Impropriety

illustrations by sidney teles “I’ll just take a walk to the store.  It will only take five minutes.” I watched my husband leave the dinner to purchase a bottle of brandy, his boss’s, Rachel, favorite.  The dinner party celebrating her promotion into John’s division...

The Adventures of Butch and the Holy Brigade

Butch kissed an alien today; a goddess that would leave her changed for a lifetime. The stranger’s cat-like amber eyes shimmered with fire as the early autumn sun reflected their beautiful aura, her beautiful aura. It pulled Butch closer and closer until she could no...

When Your Girlfriend Owns a Rooster

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Your girlfriend, Risa, has brought a rooster home. It’s squawking between her slender fingers. If Risa weren’t a woman, you might feel like an old-timey wife. She’s like a breadwinner bearing fresh meat. You consider, for a moment,...

Suited

illustrations by ana carolina maciel A woman walked down a sidewalk as she pushed a stroller with her nine-month-old child twisting uncomfortably inside. The baby released an unsettling cry causing the woman to stop the stroller. She knelt to hand the baby his...

Taxista

illustrations by ana carolina maciel "¡Sigue, sigue!" a pedestrian shouted, laughing, as I chased after the bus that wasn't going to stop. I gave up after only a few yards, breathing heavily from the stress of having missed it more than the physical exertion of...

The Riller

illustrations by sidney teles The following events mark an attempt to contain the condition prevalent amongst the young, an inherited infection known as RILS: Rebel Insurgent Legacy Syndrome: those infected are commonly known as Rillers. The containment was only...

Paper Cuts from the Pages of Leviticus

paper cuts from the pages of leviticus | illustrations by ana carolina maciel   "Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain shouldn’t make...

Pig Boy!

pig boy | illustrations by sidney teles The call came late in the night. Eyes wide, unable to sleep, I accepted the call. My stepmother wept on the other end. “Did he pass?” I asked, my voice a whisper that cut through the dark. “Yes, a few days ago.” “Why didn’t you...
Bound by Blood

Bound by Blood

Condensation dripped off the walls of the sewer tunnel. A rat scurried by the pale man with the spiky black hair. Squeaking loudly, it ventured off into the gloom. Erasmus Zain was tall and muscular. He wore a black leather cloak with a silver mink lining, black...

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Jell-O

Jell-O

Jell-O | illustrations by sidney teles I opened the refrigerator door. Wow. Incredible. There was nothing but plastic racks and a winters breeze. I did a prostate examination of the fridge’s interior. Up. Down. Side to side. Twisting. Turning. Clamping. Squeezing....

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PUR

PUR

PUR | illustrations by ana carolina maciel “A third body has been discovered floating in the Escondido river this morning at approximately 5:00AM. There were ligature marks around their wrists, ankles, and neck. The bodies were dumped in areas that are surveillance...

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REVISITING LUMBARTON

REVISITING LUMBARTON

revisiting lumbarton | illustrations by sidney teles “Compassion is dangerous.” Ben’s electric blue eyes spark and he leans across the red tabletop in the Waffle House booth. “And your religion is compassion. My religion is capitalism.” I cringe and inch toward the...

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Movies that spoke to us in 2019

Movies that spoke to us in 2019

As 2019 crawls to a close, a reflection on some of the more noteworthy cinematic achievements offers a glance at a handful of films that appear to be very dissimilar. At least, that seems to be the case initially.  Think of the sicko, demented plunges of Joker, a...

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