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Masturbation is a type of isometric exercise photo
May 22, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

Masturbation is a type of isometric exercise

Lacey Verhalen

Two months in, we began to confide our secrets to each other. Her early brush with benzos. My peer-pressure-prone passivity.

Bordertown Escorts photo
May 19, 2022 | Nonfiction

Bordertown Escorts

Stacia Campbell

To our right, I feel the cool breath of a gaping canyon. It beckons, invisible behind the wall of fog, its voice the skid of tires on gravel.

Who Made Who? photo
May 17, 2022 | Nonfiction

Who Made Who?

Sheldon Birnie

A tiny Angus resides in the right speaker of our sound system, a miniature Malcolm in the left.

Drunk Love (Interlude) photo
May 15, 2022 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

Drunk Love (Interlude)

Joanna Acevedo

I get too drunk on a Tuesday night and tell him I want to marry him. We’ve known each other for six years.

Beige + Blue photo
May 12, 2022 | Nonfiction

Beige + Blue

Liesel Hamilton

I’ve become a puddle on the floor everyone dances around, stares at, hoping to see something.

Boy of Crows photo
May 8, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

Boy of Crows

Mila Rae Mancuso

I pledged to him two things: one, that I would hex the ones that hurt him, and two, that I would write him poetry.

from the archives: "When They Let Them Bleed" from Hobart 13 photo
May 6, 2022 | Hobart 13, Nonfiction

from the archives: "When They Let Them Bleed" from Hobart 13

Tod Goldberg

When They Let Them Bleed: Ten Years After

It took me a long time to write “When They Let Them Bleed” – both in the practical sense, in that I recall writing it in very short bursts because it was

Remembrance photo
May 5, 2022 | Nonfiction

Remembrance

Emma Foley

They whispered wow wow wow wow in wind that might've just toppled them over; they whooped; they swapped interlocked arms for tightly-squeezed hands and back again.

Good Look Beauty Parlour photo
May 3, 2022 | Nonfiction

Good Look Beauty Parlour

Shivani Kshirsagar

The tapering light in that dingy parlour. The cracking leather on the chair. My splintered face in the mirror.

Intergalactic travel departing from berlin photo
May 1, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

Intergalactic travel departing from berlin

Berglind Thrastardottir

i felt you were floating now with them, in a bubble in space, the bubble has a name, ecstasy, keta, speed, coke, that’s the name of the bubble.

A Terrible Scream: Death and Blow Out photo
April 30, 2022 | The Paranoid View

A Terrible Scream: Death and Blow Out

Austin Ross

I’ll never forget it. There was a long line of trees to the right of the mound whose trunks had been snapped in half like pencils. The ground was littered with broken glass and bits of paper. And at

A House of Water photo
April 24, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

A House of Water

Kelly Wei

Autumn was the season of fire. Boys and houses burned pure white holes into the night, and I self-immolated in every room but the little one I shared with you.

TTLMLMTMF: Stephen Amell Talking a Podcast Audience through His Panic Attack photo
April 23, 2022 | Things That Look More Like Me Than My Face

TTLMLMTMF: Stephen Amell Talking a Podcast Audience through His Panic Attack

Katie Darby Mullins

I’ve fought and lied about anxiety and OCD for years, terrified that someone would try to medicate away my “super power.” All that practice made it relatively easy to hide some physical symptoms and

Baseball: A Numbers Game photo
April 21, 2022 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Baseball: A Numbers Game

Bruce Harris

In 1964, I was a college freshman. Someone, I don’t pretend to know who, researched offensive statistics for all Little Leaguers in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area. The unknown

Romance & Acronyms photo
April 18, 2022 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Romance & Acronyms

Katie Schwarz

One of us liked the giant head races so much she got giddy when they’d appear in the left field.

One of us would buy knockoff hats on the walkway overpass, a special fondness for beanies with

What I'm Hiding In My Profile Picture photo
April 17, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

What I'm Hiding In My Profile Picture

Treena Thibodeau

Know that on my Tinder profile, my pictures are all either full-body yoga pictures or heavily airbrushed selfies.

Baseball Marks the Time photo
April 15, 2022 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Baseball Marks the Time

Sarah Salcedo

I was young when the Bash Brothers ruled the East Bay. So young that in our classroom, we treated the 6.9 earthquake that struck minutes before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series like another part of

The Sitcom Actor (Who Really, Really Cares) photo
April 10, 2022 | fucked up modern love essays

The Sitcom Actor (Who Really, Really Cares)

Sophia Jennings

Almost every day, the sitcom actor goes on Instagram to tell his five million followers what he knows about race, class, and - more often than not, women.

Posing Naked and the Art of Separation photo
April 3, 2022 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

Posing Naked and the Art of Separation

Elena Lee Anderson

1. There is a protective radius of ten feet on all sides of me.
2. I only know the name of one person in this room.
3. My body hair was groomed solely for this moment.

 

 

My Shoes Are Ruined and You Said Nothing photo
March 30, 2022 | Nonfiction

My Shoes Are Ruined and You Said Nothing

Sean Turner McLeod

You are standing on an indifferent platform in Preston Station and a little black spaniel is making unbreaking eye-contact with you as he pisses on your leg.

Softbox photo
March 27, 2022 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

Softbox

Anya Maria Johnson

On the first day of my streaming career, I asked Gabe to come over to adjust the lighting design of my “set.”

Everything Matters: The Future and Prisoners photo
March 26, 2022 | The Paranoid View

Everything Matters: The Future and Prisoners

Austin Ross

In the summer of 2017, my wife and I drove from Philadelphia to New York City for a weekend family reunion. She was seven months’ pregnant with our first child—in the third trimester but still far

Queer Time, Sand Too photo
March 24, 2022 | Nonfiction

Queer Time, Sand Too

Aislin Neufeldt

Maybe you didn’t recognize me, me with longer hair, growing tits, a new name.

Prep School Drug Mule photo
March 20, 2022 | Rejected Modern Love Essay

Prep School Drug Mule

Sadie McCarney

Fifteen years before my autism diagnosis - the year I chopped off all my hair with jagged scissors - I hid a not inconsequential baggie of hash in my dorm room closet. I was, as always, trying to

TTLMLMTMF: The Hold Steady, “Unpleasant Breakfast” photo
March 19, 2022 | Things That Look More Like Me Than My Face

TTLMLMTMF: The Hold Steady, “Unpleasant Breakfast”

Katie Darby Mullins

I often sign handwritten letters with the infinity sign and the words “Stay Positive” like lead singer Craig Finn does. I’ve used “Constructive Summer” as a mantra for years. My husband and I often

Recent Books

Exit, Carefully

Elizabeth Ellen

"I loved reading Exit, Carefully. It’s unusual, and in my opinion exciting, to publish a play without previously receiving a major production."

                      -Walker Caplan, Lithub

Worsted

Garielle Lutz

“Lutz’s work is a marvel of the possibilities of language.  Each of her sentences is an intricately crafted thing, deeply complex yet crystalline in its clarity . . . her command of each and every word remains supreme.”     

  --Mira Braneck, The Paris Review Daily

 

Garielle Lutz is the author of The Complete Gary Lutz, among other books.

Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

"[Her Lesser Work] is a collection of mordant and formally inventive stories circling themes of, let’s say, desire and escape within repressive structures."

      -Walker Caplan, Literary Hub

"Her Lesser Work is full of power and it takes risks and it's alive and real and it fixes a very sharp eye on the shit humans do to each other and themselves."

      -Lindsay Lerman, LitReactor