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“Dog Years” by Melissa Yancy

By Melissa Yancy | December 8, 2017

The Berger family is in a big box store, one they have driven several miles out of their West L.A. neighborhood to find, and the cart is piled so high Ellen has finally conceded to getting another. With their speed…

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“The Renaissance Person Tournament” by Clare Beams

By Clare Beams | December 1, 2017

The tournament is the highlight of our year at the Simmler School, figuratively and literally: Abe Larson, math teacher and advisor to the tech club, uses acid-bright bulbs in the auditorium spotlights. He likes to make the contestants sweat. Abe…

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“Be God” by Michael McGriff

By Michael McGriff | November 24, 2017

Be God. Step way back for a second. Imagine this folded earth as bed sheets dropped in heaps onto the floor. Now stick a steep winter light off to the east. Call this a landscape. Tall shadows form across the…

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“Singles” by Kate Petersen

By Kate Petersen | November 17, 2017

Lisanne had known Mike-who-worked-the-door for so long that they no longer said anything to each other, and though he’d stopped carding her years ago, she still took hers out of her wallet and cupped it in her palm as she…

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“The Station” by Elizabeth Gaffney

By Elizabeth Gaffney | November 3, 2017

Louisa twisted herself in the cord of the old black wall phone. It went once around her body and five times around her arm. The thing was long enough that you could talk on the phone while rooting through the…

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“Tidings of the Apocalypse” by Patrick Ryan

By Patrick Ryan | October 27, 2017

You try not to get caught up in the prophesies of this world because they all stem from the idea that one omniscient God has decided to destroy what he’s created, while the more interesting prophecies come from other worlds…

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“Cathedral” by Michael Sheehan

By Michael Sheehan | October 20, 2017

The pamphlet they got from La Fonda said the trail was only 3.5 miles long, but they’d been at it for almost four hours by the time they realized something was off. They had seen no cathedral and worse, the…

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“Isn’t It Big? Isn’t It Nice?” by Jonathan Durbin

By Jonathan Durbin | October 13, 2017

And suddenly then everyone was getting married. In October alone I had three weddings in the woods three weekends in a row. To each I wore the same nude heels but different backless dresses and elegant plum gloss that made…

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“A Slim Blade of Air” by Alice Elliott Dark

By Alice Elliott Dark | October 1, 2017

Kay, Kay, come closer. “No!” She glared at the canal bridge defiantly. If she did as it suggested, she’d die. A puff of smoke, a sizzle of flesh, a fried heart. Caput. Kay, Kay, it will be fine. She stifled…

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