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Fiction

The Second-Toughest Son Of A Bitch In East Gary, Indiana

He would have said, sometimes it’s not about the truth. Sometimes it’s about kindness. Especially when it comes to family.

By Sam Ruddick April 2020
Readers Write

Childhood

Flunking a driver’s test, frightening a bully, grown up at fourteen

By Our Readers August 2019
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Show Day

The Crandells participated in 4-H the way we did everything: bargain hunting, doing odd jobs, and keeping costs and desires to a minimum.

By Doug Crandell June 2019
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Explorer

But he’s not getting caught on this trip, he says. He’s packing his stash wrapped in tinfoil, sprayed with deer urine, and taped to the inside of his engine, as per a YouTube tutorial.

By Corvin Thomas June 2019
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Fever

I lie on the couch in the living room and feel a deep sense of shame, because I’ve increased our debt by getting sick.

By Doug Crandell November 2018
Poetry

Clickbait Elegy

Brother Sends Mysterious Text (And Woman’s Life Changes Overnight)
How To Drink Your Way Through The First Few Days Of Mourning
Looking For Last-Minute Airfare Deals From Las Vegas To Cleveland?
By Cindy King October 2018
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Boy

When my brother was twelve, I found six mice nailed to the wall of the abandoned tree house in the woods near our apartment. He spent a lot of time there. It seemed to me the little mouse faces were frozen in agony. As though they’d been alive when he’d hammered the nails through them.

By J. Mays August 2018
Fiction

Waiting For My Rape

This man could have been my rapist, but he looked too nice. He had thick, wavy hair, like a movie star from the seventies, and a jawbone that could take out your eye. I hung my feet over the edge of the roof and let myself slide into his arms.

By Jessica Anya Blau August 2018
Fiction

The Narrows

My sister Nell and I were standing on the banks of the Duvallis River, waiting for a man to float down it.

By John Jodzio July 2018
Fiction

Freedom From Delusion

The last time I was in London, I kept passing store windows full of tea towels and souvenir mugs with the motto Keep Calm and Carry On. I once read that when the British government dreamed up the slogan at the onset of World War II, the populace was insulted at being given advice that went without saying.

By Joan Silber May 2018