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The Snake Said: A Meditative Essay on Loneliness

the snake said  | illustrations by sidney teles “‘Where are the men?’ the little prince at last took up the conversation again. ‘It is a little lonely in the desert. . . ‘ ‘It is also lonely among men,’ the snake said.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince...

The Quiet Grassroots Movement Behind the Trump Campaign

There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things no matter what side of the political party you’re on. There’s even middle ground, where people can just agree to disagree. It’s not so much that I’m a huge Trump fan, although we have had much worse in the oval office...

The suffer-fest: a celebration

I never aimed to cultivate imperfection. Rather, it aimed for me. Aimed for me, mowed me down, plowed me under and seeded me well. I grow up again and again; imperfection won’t quit. It's a tough sell, imperfection. Hell, I get it, it’s a tough buy too. You’re more...

What Did I Lose?

You meet at a bar. He’s an inch shorter with kind eyes and a voice made from silk. He buys you two beers despite the fact you think beer tastes like rotting water and only sold to please the lightweights. He interviews you on your favorite past time—reading, your...

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MURDER

Fear can be good when you're walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it's not good when you have a goal and you're fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had...

Outside the Fortress Walls

“If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere.”...Teresa May Clichés and proverbs hover at the surface of our reactions and spring off our tongues because they have withstood the test of time, and tend to be showstoppers. “You can’t go...

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

A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

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...

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...

The Champ

the champ | illustrations by ana carolina maciel When I was little, I got dressed with my Mom in the ladies’ locker room at the country club. I liked it in there, with the pink, furry carpet and all the women walking around in white towels, wrapped tightly under their...

White Space

Melody had written a scene about a pregnant teenager who is fucking her father, and for that reason—not to mention the fact that the piece was very good and she was his brightest student and he liked her a great deal—Mark wanted to talk with her.  She’d given him her...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Bwoot Heel Bwoose

bwoot heel bwoose | illustrations by sidney teles At Shindig!: The Buckner-Ragsdale Annual Bi-Family Reunion, Mona stood watching her son, Bucky, careen through the relatives who dotted the Missouri Desert Picnic Grounds like a prickly heat rash. Why must these things...

SUPER MAN

Once, there was a superhero who didn’t know how to fly. He was on his fourth drink, and his tie hung limply around his collar. His face was in shadow hiding the stubble on his chin. He was slumped back in his chair and swirled his drink. He absentmindedly tapped his...

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.

The Snake Said: A Meditative Essay on Loneliness

the snake said  | illustrations by sidney teles “‘Where are the men?’ the little prince at last took up the conversation again. ‘It is a little lonely in the desert. . . ‘ ‘It is also lonely among men,’ the snake said.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince...

The Quiet Grassroots Movement Behind the Trump Campaign

There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things no matter what side of the political party you’re on. There’s even middle ground, where people can just agree to disagree. It’s not so much that I’m a huge Trump fan, although we have had much worse in the oval office...

The suffer-fest: a celebration

I never aimed to cultivate imperfection. Rather, it aimed for me. Aimed for me, mowed me down, plowed me under and seeded me well. I grow up again and again; imperfection won’t quit. It's a tough sell, imperfection. Hell, I get it, it’s a tough buy too. You’re more...

What Did I Lose?

You meet at a bar. He’s an inch shorter with kind eyes and a voice made from silk. He buys you two beers despite the fact you think beer tastes like rotting water and only sold to please the lightweights. He interviews you on your favorite past time—reading, your...

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MURDER

Fear can be good when you're walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it's not good when you have a goal and you're fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had...

Outside the Fortress Walls

“If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere.”...Teresa May Clichés and proverbs hover at the surface of our reactions and spring off our tongues because they have withstood the test of time, and tend to be showstoppers. “You can’t go...

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

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

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...

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...

The Champ

the champ | illustrations by ana carolina maciel When I was little, I got dressed with my Mom in the ladies’ locker room at the country club. I liked it in there, with the pink, furry carpet and all the women walking around in white towels, wrapped tightly under their...

White Space

Melody had written a scene about a pregnant teenager who is fucking her father, and for that reason—not to mention the fact that the piece was very good and she was his brightest student and he liked her a great deal—Mark wanted to talk with her.  She’d given him her...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Bwoot Heel Bwoose

bwoot heel bwoose | illustrations by sidney teles At Shindig!: The Buckner-Ragsdale Annual Bi-Family Reunion, Mona stood watching her son, Bucky, careen through the relatives who dotted the Missouri Desert Picnic Grounds like a prickly heat rash. Why must these things...

SUPER MAN

Once, there was a superhero who didn’t know how to fly. He was on his fourth drink, and his tie hung limply around his collar. His face was in shadow hiding the stubble on his chin. He was slumped back in his chair and swirled his drink. He absentmindedly tapped his...
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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Good Day, Sir or Madam

Good Day, Sir or Madam

good day sir or madam | illustrations by sidney teles “Hey,” said the fly, making its rounds from Point A to Point B to Point C and back to Point A again. “You should die." Arjun wiped some sweat from his forehead as he dialed another number. “Hey,” said the fly...

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The Optimist

The Optimist

the optimist | illustrations by sidney teles I miss the crackle of a drawn cigarette.  I used to smoke one every morning over coffee and pellegrino; I felt wildly italian.  These days, the closest I get to that feeling is sneaking instant coffee into the recreation...

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HOUSEPLANT

HOUSEPLANT

Humor is the entry point of humanity. Certainly, if you enjoy comedy and deep-bellied laughter you are familiar with Seth Rogen. The husky, hilarity inducing actor has been featured in classic films such as Pineapple Express, Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin. Now, he...

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