selected by Dan Malakin

4p16.3

I had been watching the same YouTube video on my phone for about an hour when Celeste came and stood facing me. The clip is from The Empire Strikes Back: Luke i...

Take Your Eye

We were walking along South Street after group therapy when Keith popped out his glass eye. I knew he had a glass eye, and that he could pop it out, but even if...

The Dreams That You Dream

She didn’t look much like Nancy. Her hair was brown, not blonde. And her nose was different, strong and straight. Nancy’s nose was the ski-jump type; the kind g...

An Exclusive Club

Losing something you’ve never had is particularly difficult. Infertility is funny like that. One diagnosis, spoken out loud, robs you of the illusory self you’v...

This Washcloth

There is this washcloth, white and with a textured wave pattern, that we accidentally stole from the La Quinta in Portland one spring. Z was teething and had ti...

Death of a Cyclist

Hot. Hot as hell out. 90 plus. Usually I like it, my muscles thrive on it, but here it’s kind of dangerous (more on that later). West Virginia, that’s where her...

Shitbreath

My name is Jacob, but that wasn’t my first name. After I was born, my parents called me Shitbreath.I imagine all babies stink when they come out, covered as...