Fiction Pick of the Week: "I Only Want to Talk About the Nice Things"

On the eve of their daughter's wedding, a divorced couple is confused by old feelings despite sexual identities.

Thursday, October 1


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Like Home"

A band's tour problems range from bedbugs to internal strife.

Thursday, September 24


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Toroid"

On mathematical shapes and family ruptures.

Thursday, September 17


Fiction Pick of the Week: "We Men of Science"

A story of science, weirdness, and alternate realities.

Thursday, September 10


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Stay A While"

An elderly woman renovates her basement for renters and discovers uncomfortable truths about herself.

Thursday, September 3


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Souvenir"

A sad harmony of tourists and local English legends.

Thursday, August 27


Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Apartment"

A new neighbor's arrival highlights old and quiet problems.

Thursday, August 20


Fiction Pick the Week: "The Thief"

Theft and magic in the early 20th century.

Thursday, August 13


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Dark Air"

A trip to the country turns into nightmare beset by mysterious creatures and body transformations.

"When we went over to look at the creature, it was mostly flattened. It looked like a crow, except the feathers had fallen off its back. Underneath, the flesh was scaly and pink. The exposed skin was split in half by a row of translucent spikes. The spikes were moving slightly, pointing first in this direction, then in that. The smell made me wrinkle my nose. It was an oddly sweet smell to find outdoors, like an open vat of lollipop flavoring."

Thursday, August 6


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Descending a Staircase"

The mysteries and dreams of life and rural living.

"I leaned back into my chair. I thought of the abandoned houses, of the wasteland I could no longer see from the window of the plane because we were too far up. It occurred to me that somewhere along the line I had to have chosen to nestle in that ruin, whether to perpetuate my wounds of abandonment, or to deal with them once and for all. Then I thought of cows pasturing in the fields alongside highways. Then my neighbor pointed out the page in the magazine he was laughing about."

Thursday, July 30


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Murder Games"

Family relationships and the complexities of childhood imagination.

"Out the side door and into the yard. Plastic table, plastic sandbox in the shape of a turtle, two plastic chairs blown over. An empty birdfeeder. Ella had no idea why Blanket would be out here. This was why adventures needed preparation: because once they were underway they were always disappointments. In her backpack the string was unused, the flashlight unlit. She took the fork out just to feel like she had packed more wisely than she did."

Thursday, July 23


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Black Doom of Options"

An eviction notice causes a grotesque chain of events.

"Imogene grunted as she lifted the sledgehammer and again brought it down. She missed the knob and graced the door, taking some of the siding off it. She bent down and thrust the hammer at the spot. The wood gave away."