Fiction: "Wedding" by Elizabeth Ellen, published by elimae -
One of the stories from Elizabeth Ellen’s book, Fast Machine. There’s a gritty heaviness to even the shortest of her stories, but then a moment will come along that seems to clear everything up. Like the lights coming on toward the end of this story, for instance.
Fiction: "The Rememberer" by Aimee Bender -
A brilliant little story that begins with the line:
“My lover is experiencing reverse evolution.”
I think of the people on reality shows, on Dr. Phil and MTV. And I think maybe they aren’t bad people. They aren’t cartoons. They’re just children, most of them, kids who never got to grow up before life dropped something gruesome in their laps. I consider this, then I consider Lori and me, and I thank God for the small kindness of timing. — From David James Poissant’s story, “Monkey See,” in the Spring 2013 Ploughshares.
Fiction: "Near-Extinct Birds of the Central Cordillera" by Ben Fountain, published by Zoetrope: All-Story -
In honor of my long overdue purchase of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, here’s one of Mr. Fountain’s best stories from his first book, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara.
Language Students by Ezra Carlsen published in REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters
Fiction: "Fourteen" by Steve Almond, published by The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review -
This piece of flash fiction - a love letter both to and from the narrator’s fourteen-year-old self - is as messy as the last word of the story itself.
Fiction: "On the Moment of Conception" by Amelia Gray, published by The American Reader -
Challenge: try to finish this short story without clenching your jaw.
Etgar Keret does it again.
Fiction: "A Collection of Favorite Holidays" by Anna Prushinskaya, published by Redivider -
Proof that the second-person works extremely well when applied to the right subject.
Fiction: "Malaria" by Michael Byers, published by Bellevue Literary Review -
If you’re anything like me, this story, which was just chosen for the next installment of Best American Short Stories, will stick with you for a long, long time.
Fiction: "Sleeping Out" by Cassie Gonzales, published by The Kenyon Review -
The first-place winner of last years’ Kenyon Review short-short story contest. Amazing how much is done in so few words. Every sentence is legit.
I learned to write fiction the way I learned to read fiction - by skipping the parts that bored me. — ― Jonathan Lethem (via thetinhouse)