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August 30, 2021 | Interview

"I was trying to be this smart funny guy who writes about his deadbeat hometown and marginalized culture"

Aaron Burch Interviews Anthony Veasna So

Years after reading the story (Junot Diaz' "Drown"), after teaching it to high schoolers (many of them POC), I set out to rewrite this queer of color narrative in my story, "The Monks." I wanted to show how a straight, masculine guy of color could brush up against queerness and feel empowered by it, not scared, even if in the slightest of ways, the slightest of spiritual progressions. 

August 30, 2021 | Fiction


Jeff Hoffman

Beautiful, the flat-forever fields of Wisconsin as I barrel on through flurries, gobbling cheese curds, until, through the fluff, the end appears.

August 29, 2021 | fucked up modern love essays

Making you come is like holding a firework: the Marital Benefits of Sexting

Shelby Hinte

Marriage is often thought of as having little to do with eroticism.1

I met my husband while bartending in Oakland. He applied to be the new chef. Tattooed knuckles. Chubby cheeks. Full beard.

August 26, 2021 | Nonfiction


Rebecca Entel

That summer held the moment, in real time and in my memory for several years, of something he said that I didn’t hear.

August 25, 2021 | Fiction

Our Man

Jennifer Savran Kelly

Our Man, as we now call him.

August 24, 2021 | Nonfiction

Ten Years Have Passed in Ninety Days

Madison L. Sargeant

The mushrooms I bought yesterday are moldy; the lines around my mouth have deepened. Tomorrow I am a mother for the first time.

August 23, 2021 | Fiction


Alice M.

It’s really Freudian, that. Turning a doctor into a parent for a few minutes. That’s why Maeve likes him.

August 22, 2021 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

A Brief History of Loving

Tania Pabón Acosta

In his hospital room, he handed over his phone and I called his family.

August 22, 2021 |

Making Weight (pt. 7)

Denny Connolly

Previously on...
Part 6  ||  Part 5  ||  Part 4  ||  Part 3  ||  Part 2  ||  Part 1  ||  Prologue



August 20, 2021 | Fiction

They Ate the Children First

Madeline Cash

I Googled things that bond people. Google said trauma.

August 19, 2021 | Nonfiction

Just Killing Time

Kat Saunders

We’ve sat in pot smoke-filled basements, watching boys play video games, and I’ve sipped wine with my parents on special occasions, but neither of us have been to an actual party before.

August 18, 2021 | Fiction

Dinosaur III

Zachary Kocanda

Ken pounded out three novelty songs on his busted up acoustic guitar, looking like a knock-off Daniel Johnston.

August 16, 2021 | Fiction

Normandy Hole Recipes

GL Ruffer

‘Le Trou Normand,’ I said to the Garçon, winking knowingly at him.

August 16, 2021 | Nonfiction

Vivian Maier

Katie Burke

We long to see the world from her point of view, the worker. But do not ever long to be the worker.

August 15, 2021 | fucked up modern love essays

My Chinese Mother Snagged My Husband of 40 Years

Yvonne Liu

My mother had been on a rampage to find me a husband since I started college.

August 13, 2021 | Interview

Maggie Siebert On: Hyper-morality, Transgressive Fiction, Her Collection “Bonding,” and Why She Chose to Make it Available for Free Via Twitter

Shelby Hinte

Really I think all art should be freely available

August 13, 2021 | Nonfiction

On Agency

Quinn Kelley

I’m good at getting fucked up. I’m good at having fun. Go go go. I’m best at forgetting.

August 13, 2021 | Fiction


Vincent Scarpa

“And no one knows in what guise the end of the familiar will arrive.”- Joy Williams, “Cats and Dogs” 

Dale-Anne has heard a noise in her backyard, loud enough to pull her up from sleep.

August 11, 2021 | Interview

the novel as a kind of organism: an interview with Tao Lin

Kristen Iskandrian

To try to allay his doubt, or figure out of it’s real, [Li] mentally consults his in-progress novel, as if it were a friend. He intuits, in an intuition described by the line you quoted, that his doubt is wrong, is habitual and self-sabotalogical.

August 11, 2021 | Nonfiction

A Fun Game for the Whole Family

Eric Dovigi

If a ghost is the impression you leave after you, then the divot you leave in your old bed is a ghost. 

August 10, 2021 | Fiction

Soft Tissue

Arielle McManus

Within 1-3 weeks, the body will begin to actively decay. This is when the organs, muscles, and skin will liquify. The hair, bones, and cartilage will remain.

August 9, 2021 | Nonfiction

Playing Her Song

Andrew Stancek

Gratitude is not the response she expected. She smiled through thin lips, missing the hoped-for fight.

August 8, 2021 | fucked up modern love essays

How To Unclog Your Lover’s Toilet

Misha Scott

The whole first week after moving into his Brooklyn apartment – our apartment he keeps correcting me – I’m horribly constipated.

August 6, 2021 | Fiction

Slung Out and Wayward

David Nutt

Gunderson could hear the vehicle’s noisy carping from eight blocks away, like a herd of wild trashcans rolling down the street.

August 4, 2021 | Fiction

Cake Walk

Kate Jayroe

Oh, Anya!

August 3, 2021 | Nonfiction

Anti Theseus

Ian Miller

I’ll dig a pit where it can roam, feed off the aporia of my lust, wash its hooves in semen, soak in pools of piss.

August 2, 2021 | Fiction

John B2B Paul B2B George B2B Ringo (from Good at Drugs)


The show literally fuckin has to go on.

August 1, 2021 | fucked up modern love essays

The Ball Dropped, Honey!

Darina Sikmashvili

Oh, absolutely a mistake to have given the wealthy Protein Bar Daddy my number.