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A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

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...

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.

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...

read more
Bwoot Heel Bwoose

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...

read more
SUPER MAN

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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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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THE LAKE

THE LAKE

the lake | illustrations by diane novario Her mother always believed that open water had a way of healing the soul. Cradling concerns and enveloping reality. Just for a moment. Just until the pain went away. Just until its sweet release healed any remaining wounds....

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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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A Man of Class

A Man of Class

Arthur threw down The Wall Street Journal onto the tablecloth. After pushing his soft-boiled egg and toast to the center of the table, he tore off the bottom right corner of the paper containing the story that prompted his revulsion. Then he grabbed his cell phone and...

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Cultural Commentaries

“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...

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...

CONFESSION: WHY I TELL YOU TO SMOKE MARIJUANA WHILE I DON’T

“It's definitely worth doing every now and again or hell it's worth it every day if u can afford it and can function fine while high :)” -- Post from Quora correspondent Here’s my confession: I’ve spent more than a decade writing about the wonders of smoking or vaping...

SEX WORK, SEX TRAFFICKING AND THE COMPLEX GRAY AREA IN BETWEEN

Sex trafficking is considered one of the most prominent modern plagues in our society. It's on television, it’s in newspapers and blogs, it’s on the nightly news. As a sex trafficking survivor myself, I have always felt caught in the middle between two movements that...

IT’S HARD TO GET ‘PUMPED’ IN OIL COUNTRY

Join me on my ride through the oil sands of media. A snapshot of my life: Picture me as I ride my blue bicycle on the trails along (aptly named) Black Gold Drive. While riding, I daydream about my life. Pedalling beneath a QE2 Highway overpass, I stop and look up to...

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...

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...

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...

How Cannabis Helped Me Bike Across America

great high in the sky | illustrations by seth williams 40 miles outside of Phoenix, Arizona. My back tire goes flat. As I scanned the area, all I could see were the cars and semi trucks whirring past me at 80 miles per hour. Ahead, there was what looked like a bridge....

Here’s What the Death Clock Told Me That Changed My Life

Just minutes ago, the Death Clock told me I've got 6 years 3 days to live.  When I saw that forecast, I couldn't think straight. I have my Thermos flask near me. I rubbed my eyes, poured some of its coffee into its cup and sipped the coffee to jolt my mental juices:...

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

“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...

read more
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...

read more

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...

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.

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...

read more
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...

read more
Bwoot Heel Bwoose

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...

read more
SUPER MAN

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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more

Cultural Commentaries

“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...

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...

CONFESSION: WHY I TELL YOU TO SMOKE MARIJUANA WHILE I DON’T

“It's definitely worth doing every now and again or hell it's worth it every day if u can afford it and can function fine while high :)” -- Post from Quora correspondent Here’s my confession: I’ve spent more than a decade writing about the wonders of smoking or vaping...

SEX WORK, SEX TRAFFICKING AND THE COMPLEX GRAY AREA IN BETWEEN

Sex trafficking is considered one of the most prominent modern plagues in our society. It's on television, it’s in newspapers and blogs, it’s on the nightly news. As a sex trafficking survivor myself, I have always felt caught in the middle between two movements that...

IT’S HARD TO GET ‘PUMPED’ IN OIL COUNTRY

Join me on my ride through the oil sands of media. A snapshot of my life: Picture me as I ride my blue bicycle on the trails along (aptly named) Black Gold Drive. While riding, I daydream about my life. Pedalling beneath a QE2 Highway overpass, I stop and look up to...

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...

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...

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...

How Cannabis Helped Me Bike Across America

great high in the sky | illustrations by seth williams 40 miles outside of Phoenix, Arizona. My back tire goes flat. As I scanned the area, all I could see were the cars and semi trucks whirring past me at 80 miles per hour. Ahead, there was what looked like a bridge....

Here’s What the Death Clock Told Me That Changed My Life

Just minutes ago, the Death Clock told me I've got 6 years 3 days to live.  When I saw that forecast, I couldn't think straight. I have my Thermos flask near me. I rubbed my eyes, poured some of its coffee into its cup and sipped the coffee to jolt my mental juices:...

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

“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...

read more
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...

read more

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