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Debt Collecting photo
October 14, 2014 | Fiction

Debt Collecting

Beau Golwitzer

Luis was walking home from work one evening when a man stepped in front of him, blocking his way on the sidewalk.

The man was dressed in a black coat and he was wearing a tan hat.

“I have

A request to the new tenant photo
October 13, 2014 | Poetry

A request to the new tenant

Ilan Mochari

A request to the new tenant

Walls bare but for paint & hooks, floors bare but for stains & nails,
we leave insides as we find them; yet of neighbors &

Life before Boyhood photo
October 10, 2014 | movie reviews

Life before Boyhood

Victor Freeze

I’m 23-years-old going through a mid-life crisis. Well, not quite mid-life considering I’m convinced I have less than seven years left to live. 

Effortless photo
October 10, 2014 | Coutoure Noir


Tabitha Blankenbiller

We were halfway through our second-date dinner when I realized that my shirt was on backwards.

“Oh,” said Tom, a flat thud to my confession. “I didn’t notice.”

I watched him chew, staring

Tom Sizemore and the Heat Death of the Universe photo
October 9, 2014 | movie reviews

Tom Sizemore and the Heat Death of the Universe

Sean Kilpatrick

People want their maniacs explained. But there is no autopsy deft enough to expose how sensually disfigured a mind can get.

The New Chief of Cyclops Island Makes Five Promises photo
October 9, 2014 | Fiction

The New Chief of Cyclops Island Makes Five Promises

Lindsay Merbaum

The afternoon we chose the new chief of Cyclops Island, we stood in a circle at the top of the isle’s highest peak, heads drooping, as we squinted and sweated in the sun. The chief had positioned

3 Poems photo
October 8, 2014 | Poetry

3 Poems

Yasmin Belkhyr

Portrait of Toothless Girl and Dead Hare
After Claudia Cortese and Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World”

Dear Christina,

Ma shot Ell in the chest on Sunday. He got a toothache right after,

2 Poems photo
October 7, 2014 | Poetry

2 Poems

Brad Efford

My Mother Reads From Her Dream Journal


We—you, me, and your sisters—are in a room the size of a broom closet and you say to me What do I do with this jellyfish? and I don’t understand

4 Poems photo
October 6, 2014 | Poetry

4 Poems

Madison Langston


i’ve slept with someone who had a girlfriend
somewhere else i’ve slept with someone who
told me they loved their ex-girlfriend immediately
after sleeping together i’ve slept

Thumbs photo
October 6, 2014 | Nonfiction


Nicole Walker

That ability to dissociate—to look from above. You think it would make us save ourselves, seeing the planet from afar, feeling like with one hand, maybe you could fix it.  

Van Halen 2007-2008 Reunion Tour Black T-shirt photo
October 3, 2014 | Black: Inventory of Black T-shirts

Van Halen 2007-2008 Reunion Tour Black T-shirt

Jordan Wiklund

As David Lee Roth straddled a giant inflatable microphone, Alex Van Halen banged out the staccato drum opening of “Hot For Teacher.” Soon, his brother Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen turned his

2 poems photo
October 2, 2014 | Poetry

2 poems

Maribeth Theroux

February break

Turkish Regis Philbin traveled
to Turkey to visit his
95-year-old mother who is close to death.
So I took February off.

Close to death.  Like, close to schools

2 Poems photo
October 1, 2014 | Poetry

2 Poems

Jen Karetnick

Boyish Pursuits

The ocean is a junkyard of sheet metal
with headlight eyes and grillwork teeth,
wave after rusted wave dragging hood
emblems and hubcaps to and from the beach
like so

Intro photo
September 29, 2014 | Fiction


Glen Pourciau

Exposing your teeth is mandatory in these situations, and if you don’t show your teeth it is at least subconsciously noted, questions are being asked in the back of the other person’s mind. Where are this guy’s teeth? Is he ashamed of them?

The Art of Music Fiction photo
September 26, 2014 | The Art of...

The Art of Music Fiction

an interview with George Clarke, by Aaron Burch

Earlier this year, Tobias Carroll interviewed me and asked, “Your previous book, How to Predict the Weather, had a blurb from Botch/Narrows vocalist Dave Verellen. Has there been any hardcore that’s

Annie: An Outlier in the Filmmaking Career of John Huston photo
September 26, 2014 | Outliers: Unusual Entries in the Filmography of Famous Directors

Annie: An Outlier in the Filmmaking Career of John Huston

Charlie Riccardelli

Watching the musical Annie is something like a rite of passage for redheaded children. I’ve met so many carrot tops in my life who grew up humming the tunes of Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin,

Three Poems photo
September 25, 2014 | Poetry

Three Poems

Tarfia Faizullah

We tell each other the names / of our dead. The cities we live in // are gnawing then burying / the cadavers of opulent dreams.

2 Comics photo
September 24, 2014 | Comics

2 Comics

Chelsea Martin


Eat It Now




Love Life



Verdict photo
September 24, 2014 | Fiction


Alison Mccabe

Wednesday morning, I grew a third eye, and no one had the basic human decency to look the other way. 

Realism Seems So Much Harder: A Conversation with James Sutter photo
September 23, 2014 | Interview

Realism Seems So Much Harder: A Conversation with James Sutter

Matthew Simmons (@matthewjsimmons)

A few months back, I got the opportunity to (once again) indulge the teenage role-playing geek inside me when I got a short-term contract job editing game materials for Paizo, the company

August 11 photo
September 23, 2014 | Poetry

August 11

Victor Freeze

At my father's funeral
I thought I was in heaven because that's where I was told he was.

Born To It photo
September 22, 2014 | Comics

Born To It

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Our baby is shedding roses

Hypothetical Empathy Online and the Five Tenants of Rejection photo
September 20, 2014 | Dispatches

Hypothetical Empathy Online and the Five Tenants of Rejection

Sean Kilpatrick

When you love someone who won’t love you back, that is your full time job.

A Gaze You Could Meet: My Struggle with My Struggle, Book 2 photo
September 19, 2014 | My Struggle with My Struggle

A Gaze You Could Meet: My Struggle with My Struggle, Book 2

Andrew Bomback

David Shields: Every artistic movement from the beginning of time is an attempt to figure out a way to smuggle more of what the artist thinks is reality into the work of art.

In the summer of

Garnish and All photo
September 18, 2014 | Poetry

Garnish and All

Sara Gelston

Liking the world is not easy, though sometimes it is / a large wave that carries you.

Ruth vs. the Klingon photo
September 17, 2014 | Fiction

Ruth vs. the Klingon

John Haggerty

Gene is fluent in Klingon, comfortable even with the tricky irregular conjugations of the stative verbs

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For photo
September 16, 2014 | movie reviews

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Sean Kilpatrick

Please go read the reviews for this movie on The Onion, the pissant caboodle that now passes for Roger Ebert.com, and Ain’t It Cool News, yeah, them too, for some reason.

The Fisherman photo
September 16, 2014 | Nonfiction

The Fisherman

Hunter Sharpless

At first sight the line, nearly invisible but sometimes catching a ray of sun through the clinging water droplets, ran parallel to the brown water’s surface, from the tip of the pole held by the fisherman standing in the shallows out to unknown depths.

Peanuts photo
September 15, 2014 | Fiction


Stephanie MacLean

The donkey got loose at about noon. 

Guardians photo
September 12, 2014 | Fiction


Dave Housley

A fireball erupted and everything whooshed. The Space Cowboy flew through the air. The Alien Girl covered her lovely head, but not before her eyes gave her away and it was clear that she really