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Exploring the interests and curiosities that shape us

FEATURED short  STORY

FEATURED short  STORY

PUR

by josiah arsenault

PUR

by josiah arsenault

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 free. Leather bags filled with the bones of small animals have caused the culprit to be dubbed ‘The Hexondido Killer’.

“All the victims have been female between the ages of 19 and 24. Experts are telling anyone matching this description to stay inside during the night hours. If you have any information regarding this elusive killer, please call the number at the bottom of the screen.”

Cassidy grimaced and pressed the power button on her remote. For the past month, paranoia and sensationalism had ruled the local news channels. Three bodies in three weeks, it was cause for alarm for any young female in the North County area….[READ MORE]

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 free. Leather bags filled with the bones of small animals have caused the culprit to be dubbed ‘The Hexondido Killer’.

“All the victims have been female between the ages of 19 and 24. Experts are telling anyone matching this description to stay inside during the night hours. If you have any information regarding this elusive killer, please call the number at the bottom of the screen.”

Cassidy grimaced and pressed the power button on her remote. For the past month, paranoia and sensationalism had ruled the local news channels. Three bodies in three weeks, it was cause for alarm for any young female in the North County area….[READ MORE]

A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

MISS OTT AND THE BREAKING GIRL

MISS OTT AND THE BREAKING GIRL

miss ott and the breaking girl | illustrations by diane novario With her uncle Art out of prison, the fifty-year old woman couldn’t concentrate. As usual these days, she dilated upon Miss Ott whom she reckoned to be in her early 70s by now. It was the woman’s...

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MARSHMALLOW

MARSHMALLOW

marshmallow | illustrations by seth williams If asked to describe Eleanor Thorne in a single word, most of her neighbors and fellow parishioners would have picked weird or sad or fat. They didn’t know that she cried herself to sleep more often than not. But they did...

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ONE TOE IN

ONE TOE IN

The water was already hot. I placed my hand on the shower knob and turned it as far left as it would turn. The skin on my chest and arms became red and white. The pain deepened into an itch. I turned the water off and grabbed a towel. In the foggy mirror I saw the...

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THE PATRIOT

THE PATRIOT

the patriot | illustration by diane novario In the sixth grade I was the Tin Man; envision a small boy encased in a cardboard tube wrapped in aluminum foil and sealed with duct tape. The accompanying plastic axe, inverted funnel, watering pot painted a dull metallic...

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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 collection of today’s Best short stories.

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...

MISS OTT AND THE BREAKING GIRL

miss ott and the breaking girl | illustrations by diane novario With her uncle Art out of prison, the fifty-year old woman couldn’t concentrate. As usual these days, she dilated upon Miss Ott whom she reckoned to be in her early 70s by now. It was the woman’s...

MARSHMALLOW

marshmallow | illustrations by seth williams If asked to describe Eleanor Thorne in a single word, most of her neighbors and fellow parishioners would have picked weird or sad or fat. They didn’t know that she cried herself to sleep more often than not. But they did...

ONE TOE IN

The water was already hot. I placed my hand on the shower knob and turned it as far left as it would turn. The skin on my chest and arms became red and white. The pain deepened into an itch. I turned the water off and grabbed a towel. In the foggy mirror I saw the...

THE PATRIOT

the patriot | illustration by diane novario In the sixth grade I was the Tin Man; envision a small boy encased in a cardboard tube wrapped in aluminum foil and sealed with duct tape. The accompanying plastic axe, inverted funnel, watering pot painted a dull metallic...

Cultural Commentaries

A Genuine Reflection of the human experience in today’s world

PLAYING DUMB, DUMBING DOWN

PLAYING DUMB, DUMBING DOWN

When I looked at previous drawings from several years ago I was amazed.  These are really good I thought, but would never say out loud.  I could hear the accusatory voice of my upbringing say, “Who do you think you are?”  Could see the finger point at me, feel the...

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Happening Around You

From Philosophy to Canna Culture and everything in between

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

Cultural Commentaries

A genuine reflection of the human experience in today’s world

PLAYING DUMB, DUMBING DOWN

PLAYING DUMB, DUMBING DOWN

When I looked at previous drawings from several years ago I was amazed.  These are really good I thought, but would never say out loud.  I could hear the accusatory voice of my upbringing say, “Who do you think you are?”  Could see the finger point at me, feel the...

read more
THE EMERALD CIRCLE

THE EMERALD CIRCLE

It has been 79 years since the Marijuana Tax Act was passed in 1937. Recent decades have shown some progress, and finally the facade of prohibition is starting to fall apart. The Canadian legalization process took decades, but was ultimately successful, and recent...

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THE MORAL DILEMMA OF QUENTIN TARANTINO

THE MORAL DILEMMA OF QUENTIN TARANTINO

For some years now, Quentin Tarantino has been at the forefront of every aspiring filmmaker’s “top 10 directors” list. With no experience outside of working at a movie rental store, Tarantino has made an impressive career for himself by recycling tropes and scenarios...

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Happening Around You

From philosophy to canna culture and everything in between

CBD and Massage: What’s Not to Love?

CBD and Massage: What’s Not to Love?

 Vital Body Therapeutics , Santa Cruz Massage therapy was already relaxing and healing the body before CBD became legal. Adding CBD-infused massage creams into the mix now seem to be taking massage therapy to the next level.     Put the effectiveness of a cannabidiol...

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HUNGRY, TIRED AND COLD: MY THREE DAY JUICE FAST

I have always felt most alive when I’m active and pushing my body. I was a competitive gymnast for ten years, and am now an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker and backpacker. Careful to give my body enough fuel for these physical pursuits, I have eaten healthy,...

TREASON AS A LIFESTYLE: I’LL DRINK TO THAT

Book Review: Exile: Rejecting America and Finding the World by Belén Fernández "Domestically, there was the Homeland Securitization of everything...the steady erosion of civil liberties, the very liberties we were allegedly fighting to protect. The cumulative...

“DRAMA QUEENS” GET ALL THE ACTION!

“The whole world is a stage.”...Shakespeare Drama queens have a starring role in too many men’s lives. I can’t quite figure it out. But it seems to me, that the crazier and more demanding a chick seems to be, the more men she has wrapped around her ring finger! Think...

San Jose del Pacifico | The Heart of Mushroom Country in Oaxaca Mexico

The most important thing to take on this trip, more than warm clothes and ample cash, is the precious Dramamine. It's only two hours, but the road is brutal. My friend Nick and I are planning to spend a day in San Jose del Pacifico, and I make no secret of how much I...

The Ganja Gap: Where Is The Marijuana Middle Ground?

One is either in the Joe Rogan or Ben Shapiro camp when it comes to the issue of marijuana. And I mean on every aspect of the marijuana debate; it may be a more black or white conversation than American politics. Where are the individuals who are in grey?  Marijuana...

The Rise Of Girl Gamers

Today, Gaming for many has become an acceptable hobby and even career choice. While just a few years ago the mere thought of becoming a professional streamer or gamer was more fantasy than reality. Now, with eSports competitions and streaming platforms like Twitch,...

Can We Stop Making Political Judgments About Aesthetic Creations

In this politically supercharged climate, we’ve lost sight of the art of actual conversation. Not that movie critics (with some obvious exceptions) have ever truly had their fingertips on the pulse of the culture, but nowadays it’s really bad. New Yorker film critic...

Social media’s Complicated Relationship with Cannabis

With the legalization of cannabis across the United States, cannabis companies are sprouting out on a daily basis. A whole new industry is making itself known, which means one thing: Advertisements. Much like the alcohol industry, the cannabis industry faces tons of...

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HUNGRY, TIRED AND COLD: MY THREE DAY JUICE FAST

I have always felt most alive when I’m active and pushing my body. I was a competitive gymnast for ten years, and am now an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker and backpacker. Careful to give my body enough fuel for these physical pursuits, I have eaten healthy,...

TREASON AS A LIFESTYLE: I’LL DRINK TO THAT

Book Review: Exile: Rejecting America and Finding the World by Belén Fernández "Domestically, there was the Homeland Securitization of everything...the steady erosion of civil liberties, the very liberties we were allegedly fighting to protect. The cumulative...

“DRAMA QUEENS” GET ALL THE ACTION!

“The whole world is a stage.”...Shakespeare Drama queens have a starring role in too many men’s lives. I can’t quite figure it out. But it seems to me, that the crazier and more demanding a chick seems to be, the more men she has wrapped around her ring finger! Think...

San Jose del Pacifico | The Heart of Mushroom Country in Oaxaca Mexico

The most important thing to take on this trip, more than warm clothes and ample cash, is the precious Dramamine. It's only two hours, but the road is brutal. My friend Nick and I are planning to spend a day in San Jose del Pacifico, and I make no secret of how much I...

The Ganja Gap: Where Is The Marijuana Middle Ground?

One is either in the Joe Rogan or Ben Shapiro camp when it comes to the issue of marijuana. And I mean on every aspect of the marijuana debate; it may be a more black or white conversation than American politics. Where are the individuals who are in grey?  Marijuana...

The Rise Of Girl Gamers

Today, Gaming for many has become an acceptable hobby and even career choice. While just a few years ago the mere thought of becoming a professional streamer or gamer was more fantasy than reality. Now, with eSports competitions and streaming platforms like Twitch,...

Can We Stop Making Political Judgments About Aesthetic Creations

In this politically supercharged climate, we’ve lost sight of the art of actual conversation. Not that movie critics (with some obvious exceptions) have ever truly had their fingertips on the pulse of the culture, but nowadays it’s really bad. New Yorker film critic...

Social media’s Complicated Relationship with Cannabis

With the legalization of cannabis across the United States, cannabis companies are sprouting out on a daily basis. A whole new industry is making itself known, which means one thing: Advertisements. Much like the alcohol industry, the cannabis industry faces tons of...

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

The Rise Of Girl Gamers

The Rise Of Girl Gamers

Today, Gaming for many has become an acceptable hobby and even career choice. While just a few years ago the mere thought of becoming a professional streamer or gamer was more fantasy than reality. Now, with eSports competitions and streaming platforms like Twitch,...

read more

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