FICTION

Latest Short Stories and Flash Fiction
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I Am a Robot

I am a robot. I live in the sea. My skin is metal yellow, though the seaweed makes this difficult to see. It covers me. I am inactive during the daytime. At night, when the bathers step into the sea, my electrocells swell with electricity. The night swimmers swim close…

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Interview: Rolli

Canadian artist/writer Rolli has made a splash in the worlds of cartooning and literature with his singular comedic sensibility. His cartoons have been featured in Reader’s Digest and The Harvard Review. He has released collections of short fiction, including the critically acclaimed God’s Autobio, and the recent I Am Currently…

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Interview: Gessy Alvarez

The website Digging Through the Fat has become a gathering place for the online literary community, a place for writers to share their work, their publications, and a piece of themselves. That open spirit is reflective of the site’s creator, New York writer Gessy Alvarez. In this interview, Alvarez speaks…

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The Men You Meet on Tinder

I am thinking about the answer to a question that you should have asked me. We’re sitting in this sorry, smokeless bar in West Hollywood, full of these fucking hipsters in cardigans and owl glasses, these Zooey-Deschanel-fringe-wearing/ ponytailed-lumberjack-bearded bastards, who think that they know something about art, or the universe;…

POETRY

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Hangman

You play hangman on the orphanage steps in turn guessing words with children who wear broken flip-flops and crush together at your hip, eager to hold your hand or impress you with their small english. across the hills a storm moves. across the page the charcoaled hangman is closing in….

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A Hippie Tripping at a House Show

The couch was trying to digest him, slowly eroding him into the leather’s forest green. The cushions were what he imagined whale skin to feel like—deflating whale skin—and he giggled as it slipped against his skin. He giggled at the crowd of clones with their torn flannel and bare feet,…

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What I Won’t Tell

How your footsteps echoed in the empty halls how you filled your plate with vines how blue jays shrieked away the afternoon how I followed you like smoke and became mist on the surface of a lake how your mother’s haunted eyes turned black and her lips and mouth were…

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He Is Only Sleeping

It is raining on the serengeti, darkening the dry trees, lighting the grass as a season of dust falls loose. down on the plains there is a lion. he is muscle and teeth, he is mane and bone. he is instinct and simple will, his own dark beauty. later he…

REVIEWS

Latest Film and Television Reviews
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Book Review: Mermaids in Paradise

Lydia Millet is a writer who defies classification. She writes YA novels, animal-human relationship short stories, tightly-structured literary novels, and laugh-out-loud comedies. She’s a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Really, she’s a writer who does it all. From other writers, Mermaids in Paradise, a novel which,…

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Film Review:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Here’s the biggest problem with splitting a book adaptation into two films: the first half of the novel usually sets up the second half.  This includes the plotting, pacing, and action.  Never was this so true or painfully obvious as in this weekend’s release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –…

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Film Review:
Dumb and Dumber To

Just when I think unnecessary sequels made decades after their predecessors couldn’t possibly be any dumber, Hollywood goes and does something like this and TOTALLY REDEEMS itself. At least, that’s what I wished I could write. Halfway through Dumb and Dumber To, hope seized hold of me in the theater,…

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Film Review:
Foxcatcher

If Mr. Burns were real, he’d be a lot sadder. That’s the main takeaway here, in Bennet Miller’s impressive new three-hander, Foxcatcher. I kid, of course. That’s not really the takeaway. But after an hour or so of watching Steve Carrell disappear into the role of John du Pont, the…

Interviews

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Interview: Rolli

Canadian artist/writer Rolli has made a splash in the worlds of cartooning and literature with his singular comedic sensibility. His cartoons have been featured in Reader’s Digest and The Harvard Review. He has released collections of short fiction, including the critically acclaimed God’s Autobio, and the recent I Am Currently…

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Interview: Gessy Alvarez

The website Digging Through the Fat has become a gathering place for the online literary community, a place for writers to share their work, their publications, and a piece of themselves. That open spirit is reflective of the site’s creator, New York writer Gessy Alvarez. In this interview, Alvarez speaks…

FILM

Sheriff Bell (TOMMY LEE JONES)Director: Joel & Ethan COEN

Captain Canada’s Movie Rodeo

I don’t understand why people hate open endings. I was thinking about the strange ending for Birdman (Michael Keaton has apparently taken over this movie rodeo, as we were also talking about him in last month’s column), as I left the theater, and began annoying the entire city of Ashland,…

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Film Review:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Here’s the biggest problem with splitting a book adaptation into two films: the first half of the novel usually sets up the second half.  This includes the plotting, pacing, and action.  Never was this so true or painfully obvious as in this weekend’s release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –…

TELEVISION

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End of an Empire:
The Verdict on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire

“This is America, ain’t it? Who the fuck’s stopping you?” “We all have to decide how much sin we can live with.” -Nucky Thompson “All you gotta worry about is when you run out of booze, and you run out of company, and the only person left to judge you…

Non-Fiction

Essays and Creative Non-Fiction
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Ferguson:
The State Attacks the People

The most remarkable event to come out of the tragedies in Ferguson over the past months was not that Officer Darren Wilson, the killer of Michael Brown, was not indicted. This was expected in the days leading up to the announcement. There is a history of a lack of prosecutions…

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I Am Not a Boy

My father said he wanted a boy. I remember hearing this when I was young—maybe six years old—standing in the Grill Room at the country club. I was most likely wearing Bermuda shorts, a cotton collared shirt, and sandals in a “Kennedy-esque” style, which was my mother’s preference. I was…

LATEST POSTS

Sheriff Bell (TOMMY LEE JONES)Director: Joel & Ethan COEN

Captain Canada’s Movie Rodeo

I don’t understand why people hate open endings. I was thinking about the strange ending for Birdman (Michael Keaton has apparently taken over this movie rodeo, as we were also talking about him in last month’s column), as I left the theater, and began annoying the entire city of Ashland,…

millet

Book Review: Mermaids in Paradise

Lydia Millet is a writer who defies classification. She writes YA novels, animal-human relationship short stories, tightly-structured literary novels, and laugh-out-loud comedies. She’s a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Really, she’s a writer who does it all. From other writers, Mermaids in Paradise, a novel which,…

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I Am Not a Boy

My father said he wanted a boy. I remember hearing this when I was young—maybe six years old—standing in the Grill Room at the country club. I was most likely wearing Bermuda shorts, a cotton collared shirt, and sandals in a “Kennedy-esque” style, which was my mother’s preference. I was…

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Hangman

You play hangman on the orphanage steps in turn guessing words with children who wear broken flip-flops and crush together at your hip, eager to hold your hand or impress you with their small english. across the hills a storm moves. across the page the charcoaled hangman is closing in….

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Film Review:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Here’s the biggest problem with splitting a book adaptation into two films: the first half of the novel usually sets up the second half.  This includes the plotting, pacing, and action.  Never was this so true or painfully obvious as in this weekend’s release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –…