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May, 2008

Passover Eve



Fiction

The peanuts, the coconut curlicues, sour cream, raisins, and the small bowl of mango chutney are waiting on the living room table for the boiled rice and lamb curry. My mother’s still cooking in the kitchen. From her bedroom, I can hear Super Mario spitting out firepower on the Nintendo and my nephew Luis’s gleeful laughter. The phone rings. I…
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The Ballad Of Earl King: After Goethe



Fiction

My daddy, my daddy, he got a 1972 Olds Cutlass Supreme, a convertible that car is, metallic flake green with saddle interior and a three-fifty cubic inch V8 that’ll churn out three hundred fifty horses and set em loose on the road. One thousand forty-one-a these beauties ever rolled outta Detroit is what my daddy tells me, and that’s all.…
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The Newcomer



Fiction

In an airplane flying west across a wine-dark sea, Spiros travels to his new country. He is an inexperienced traveler and for now the gods look kindly upon him, blowing a gentle tailwind and seeing to it that he is seated next to one of the frank and wistful women he knows thrive where he is heading. She swallows a…
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Three Stories: Bottle, Pipe, Asthma Attack



Fiction

Bottle Two guys are sitting together in a bar. One of them is majoring in something or other in college, the other abuses his guitar once a day and thinks he’s a musician. They’ve already had two beers, and are planning to have at least two more. The college guy just happens to be depressed because he’s in love with…
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Arid



Fiction

You sit in your cubicle on the 37th floor of a multinational pharmaceutical company, paging through a stack of medical journals. Each time you spot the name of a drug that the pharmaceutical company manufactures, you underline it, and stick a Post-It on the page. The pages will be photocopied and sent up to the 38th floor, where they will…
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Anywhere



Fiction

[Excerpt] Selection 1: Kroll runs down the road with his wife draped over his arms like a sheet. He thinks of a scene from his favorite movie, Avalon, where a boy runs home after accidentally setting fire to his father’s appliance store, and the suburbs blur behind him, smudges of green lawns. He’d taken photography in high school, and once…
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The Story That Refuses to Die



Fiction

From GAY AVIATION TODAY, January 2004 (Reprinted with permission, ©2004 GAT Media Inc.) Over seventy-five years after making aviation history with the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh has sent shockwaves through the aviation world yet again. In December, a trio of siblings in Germany claimed that they are in fact…
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Squandering The Blue



Fiction

It was in my sixth year, shortly before my birthday, that my mother took us to live with her mother, Dominique, in Beverly Hills. In my perception, we were one moment walking along the beach in Maui, the sky an intoxication above us, and the next, we were beside my grandmother’s swimming pool, the calm water blue and alluring.
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Last Seen Leaving



Fiction

Image used with permission from Mentality Design Fontanka, St. Petersburg, Russia prologue: crash It had been a bad night, anyway. He’d had too much to drink, she hadn’t had enough, and they’d ended up in the parked car, having sex while fat summer raindrops spattered against the windows. He was fast and grunting and she felt like she may as…
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The Ridiculous Common Link



Fiction

Crazy ideas come naturally from a jumper worth talking about To speak about someone or about something means, to my mind, awarding them some privilege. For my part I don’t award that privilege to many people. I do it more for things. A few hours ago I bought myself a silver ring. I am quite indifferent to the significance with…
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Gaki



Fiction

Autumn rains spill water Upon the barren soil. Forgetting the sun, Seedlings long to sprout. I hear the wind’s lament. I relive it always. I relive that day, the day the Gaki came to my village. I know I remember it; but as I remember it, I forget that I have lived it before; forget that I have remembered it…
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Before Using This Air Rifle



Fiction

I waited until I was twenty-one to buy a gun, although, as I learned on the day of the purchase, I had been legally eligible for one since my sixteenth birthday. In my car outside the hunting store, Nathaniel and I unsheathed the thing from its cardboard packaging, marveling at its faux-wood stock, oiled pump mechanism, and the tiny, neon…
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Return of the King



Fiction

Benjamin Noam Pearlberg Behind her house, in the back woods where the river rushed lazy and gentle, she went bathing at dawn with her best friend, Shoshana Epstein. Batya was not yet seventeen and when they undressed she still felt the excitement of exposing her blushing and blooming body to nature’s eye. Sometimes they heard the cries of a mourning…
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{Exceprt} Grub



Fiction

Elise Blackwell Chapter Forty-Nine Jackson Miller, in the middle of one of the strangest nights of his life, felt nothing short of fractured. In a room full of aspiring writers—who the hell else attends a fiction reading—he was a celebrity. But this seemed to elicit only disdain from his friends, at least from Eddie. Eddie acted pissed off that he’d…
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from Dies: A Sentence



Fiction

Vanessa Place and here’s where I’d ask you to pay close attention, Johann, we’re getting to the part where everything changes and yet stays the same, if I had a cross, here’s where I’d stick it, and if I had a lollipop, here’s where I’d lick it, because the smoke grew thick as glass then and smelt of mandarins, it…
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