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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

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....

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.

Cultural Commentaries

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...

Seeking (Edible) Arrangements

seeking (edible) arrangements | illustrations by seth williams   “Weed stopped my heart (literally), but building up the courage to try it again allowed me to face my worst anxieties.” Did my first edible at a Model United Nations conference, senior year of high...

THE DADDY DEFICIT AND HOW WE ALL PAY!

According to stats provided by Fathers.com: "More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent. If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be...

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...

“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...

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

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...

read more
Marijuana Use Disorder is Addiction

Marijuana Use Disorder is Addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly four million Americans met the clinical criteria for marijuana use disorder in 2015. Recent surveys indicate that nearly 50 million Americans identify themselves as current, regular marijuana users.     As...

read more
Cannabis As Cancer Treatment

Cannabis As Cancer Treatment

It’s possible that cannabis could cure cancer without the need for damaging convention therapies, such as chemotherapy and radiation. However, if the government continues to restrict  research, we’ll never know.     There are a myriad of different stimulants and...

read more

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....

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.

Cultural Commentaries

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...

Seeking (Edible) Arrangements

seeking (edible) arrangements | illustrations by seth williams   “Weed stopped my heart (literally), but building up the courage to try it again allowed me to face my worst anxieties.” Did my first edible at a Model United Nations conference, senior year of high...

THE DADDY DEFICIT AND HOW WE ALL PAY!

According to stats provided by Fathers.com: "More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent. If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be...

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...

“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...

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

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...

read more
Marijuana Use Disorder is Addiction

Marijuana Use Disorder is Addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly four million Americans met the clinical criteria for marijuana use disorder in 2015. Recent surveys indicate that nearly 50 million Americans identify themselves as current, regular marijuana users.     As...

read more
Cannabis As Cancer Treatment

Cannabis As Cancer Treatment

It’s possible that cannabis could cure cancer without the need for damaging convention therapies, such as chemotherapy and radiation. However, if the government continues to restrict  research, we’ll never know.     There are a myriad of different stimulants and...

read more

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