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Gutters And Castles

Christina Oxenberg | Posted 07.22.2016 | Comedy
Christina Oxenberg

Awake and asleep all at once and lying on my side on a hard bed, slowly waking. I had no clue where I was, a sensation so familiar as to remove any tartness. Instead, I was blasé about discovering where now had I landed.

Tiny Stories About The Vast Universe Will Fill Your Heart With Wonder

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts

The title of Joy Williams’ latest short story collection ― Ninety-Nine Stories of God ― is not just a pretty phrase. It is, like Williams’ wri...

Mythology, Paris And Potions

Christina Oxenberg | Posted 06.23.2016 | Comedy
Christina Oxenberg

Everything about life in Paris was exaggerated, even if it meant ending things, by guillotine. Starting with the despicable garret apartment they rented from a hag who despised everyone.

Hey Fatty

Christina Oxenberg | Posted 06.03.2016 | Comedy
Christina Oxenberg

What's with fat? How did 'fat' become a dirty word? Only in the United States of America has this 'F' word sidled along in infamy with the other 'F' w...

17 Stellar Short Stories You Should Read Online This Month

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 05.25.2016 | Arts

We’re now in the throes of Short Story Month, a gleeful celebration of fiction writing with a word limit. Short stories are typically classified as ...

New Book Tells Dark Stories Of Sexual Awakening And Hometowns

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts

Energized by the stillness of domesticity, a man begins to throw his belongings into the quarry behind his home: knives and fragile china, cast away a...

Junk Food Rat

Christina Oxenberg | Posted 05.19.2016 | Comedy
Christina Oxenberg

I live with a rat. Possibly he is a mouse. I've never seen him. At night, when he is certain I am secured beneath the bed sheets, I hear him dragging things around and banging into stuff. Perhaps he's partially blind. Whatever the case, this rodent has shabby eating habits.

The Forgotten Virtue of Not Caring

John Peterson | Posted 04.22.2016 | Business
John Peterson

We are an infinitely small piece of something that is infinitely large, unknowable and majestic. And relative to these realities, what other people think about you simply does not matter.

Brevity Has Its Advantages: 9 Astounding Short Story Collections

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.08.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Susan Perabo | Off the Shelf I know so many great readers who don't read short stories. On one hand, I get it. Short stories are definitely differ...

Small Miracles, Epic Battles: An Interview with Ken Liu

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 04.04.2016 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Ken Liu's poetic, spellbinding collection of short stories ranges from science fiction to fantasy to everything in between, with one constant: the sto...

Interview: Joseph Grant - Author of Mexicali Blues

Nicholas Denmon | Posted 03.11.2016 | Books
Nicholas Denmon

Mexicali Blues is simply one of the hottest pieces of literature to hit the shelves in the past six months. A collection of short stories penned by p...

The Case Against Dating While Studying Abroad

Lea Coligado | Posted 02.19.2016 | Travel
Lea Coligado

One day it's all for the last time, and it's not the day you expected. It's not your last day in Florence. In the silence of your texts and phone calls, you feel him shut the door on a world you barely tasted.

Millennial Writers on Writing

Constance Renfrow | Posted 02.16.2016 | Books
Constance Renfrow

Millennial writers are seeking what writers have always been in search of: comfort and connection, reasons for existence and answers to the unanswerable. They will keep reading and writing and they will keep improving, and inexorably, they will become old writers and readers--and, hopefully, will urge on the generation that comes next.

New Artist Reviews: Daniel Grinberg

Morena Duwe | Posted 02.05.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Folk music evokes a feeling of warmth and introspection through its meaningful lyrics and sweeping soundscapes. It is constantly reinventing its sound without compromising its soul.

Love Bites

Christina Oxenberg | Posted 01.04.2016 | Comedy
Christina Oxenberg

It was a full moon and it was his birthday and he had to go out. Later, on his way home he met a dusty cat.

11 Artfully Interwoven Episodic Tales

Off The Shelf | Posted 01.02.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

These eleven episodic novels do not follow traditional linear storylines, but don't think of them as short story collections either. Read as a whole, these narratives illuminate in their content and structure how we're more connected than we think.

This Book Is The Perfect Antidote To Information Overload

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts

Reading a Joy Williams story is an exercise in self-control for anyone averse to marking up her book. Most pages beckon to be dog-earned; most sentenc...

How to Write Fiction

Terence Clarke | Posted 12.04.2015 | Books
Terence Clarke

James Joyce holds a kind of sway over all Irish literature written in English, mostly because of Ulysses. Whether the novel deserves that sway remains open to debate. What some readers consider a work of great genius is held by others to be one of profound linguistic nuttiness.

Short Story Vending Machine Solves All Fiction-On-The-Go Problems

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.24.2015 | Arts

It's a familiar scene: You're waiting for a train, or for a chronically late friend. Bored, you reach for your phone to pull up Twitter -- but you lef...

Still-Foreign Correspondent

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 11.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

Mainstream media must start figuring out that it makes good business sense to rely on Chicano talent as news anchors, authors, artists, actors and film directors. By going to the source, I assume the representation of Chicano culture would be more honest and accurate than what we often see.

Literary Fiction: Gateway to Reality

Andre Averbug | Posted 11.04.2015 | Books
Andre Averbug

Fiction is an amazingly flexible platform. It develops the reader's capacity to absorb details. It lets us navigate on the most intimate side of things, sharpening our understanding. Diving into particular characters, it makes us humanize the experiences.

17 Short Stories That Will Scare The Pants Off You In No Time

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.29.2015 | Arts

The air is growing crisp, jack-o'-lanterns appearing on doorsteps, huge bags of candy stockpiled in cupboards: Yes, it's nearly Halloween. Maybe all y...

Is Your Short Story Film Worthy? You Never Know!

Kristen Houghton | Posted 10.27.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Do you ever dream of one day seeing the fictional characters you created being portrayed by real actors on TV or the movie screen? Think it's only a daydream or wishful thinking? Is it possible that it will ever happen? It can, and does, happen.

Short Film, Big Issues -- Up Close With a Social Impact Filmmaker

Alessandro Demaio | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Alessandro Demaio

The world is increasingly noisy with important information. In the wake of the new Sustainable Development Goals and as the world looks to new ways to tackle major collective challenges, I examine the role of film in engaging and inspiring populations.

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Dorit Sasson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction whether it's a novel or short story is just as important as finishing it. This is part of the writer's journey!