Fiction

Global Improvement

My daughter’s favorite board game since she was nine is AGE OF GLOBAL IMPROVEMENT. It begins roughly around the time of the rise of Third Way-ism in Blairite Br...

Morning Routine

My eyes shoot open in a flash of consciousness, the sweet escape of my sleep disturbed yet again by the droning beep of my alarm. Still disoriented, I hastily t...

SURVIVORS

Slap back, was what she wanted to do, but she didn’t this time (though she had before). Her sister was an asshole, could be, wasn’t always, but tended to hit fi...

Bleeding gums

For a while there I was obsessed with flossing my teeth. When I say a while, I mean four and a quarter years. And when I say obsessed, I mean I flossed them to ...

Loveland

Jade and I drove into Loveland which was between Denver and Fort Collins. Everything was love themed. The bowling alley was Lover’s Lane. The coffee shop was Th...

Bullshit Ghosts

Key open the front door. The old door used to stick, need a good shoulder. This one’s deadbolt slides open with the sound of television fuzz. This one swings op...

Lady Neighbor

He undresses slowly in front of the window, as instructed. She’s in a second-floor bedroom in the house next to his, watching through binoculars. No nudity, ...

Billboard

We are high as fuck on Mike’s deck the moment the powers that be turned on the new billboard. It’s nighttime and it hurts our eyes at first. It’s so bright, lik...

Toll Babies

I was stopped short at a tollbooth at an indiscriminate distance between where I was fleeing and where I was going. The man in the stall slid the glass open sid...

SSBBW

She searches for BBW, SSBBW, FAT GANGBANG. She likes to watch the ones with women who are so big it’s hard to imagine how they’re still alive; asses large enoug...

Sticky Socks

CW: suicide, eating disorders, self-harm     In college, Henry would say, “I’m going to make a self-portrait,” before going into a stall, dropp...

Sip

You are the only one left in your family. Take a sip of water, you’ll be fine. It was quite the set of circumstances. Remarkable, really. I’ve never seen ...

SPACE CAPSULE

I never had plans to be an astronaut, but somehow I ended up in outer space.  For several decades I had to come to terms with the fact that there was something ...

Dr. Snoop Marley

It was 7 p.m. on a Saturday and Cinderella 99 Hospital was in a panic. The surgeon was late for surgery. To top it off, it was senior prom night, so I, the ER f...

Group

Old Fashioneds in WI are different because WI is different, not the same, a weird kind of a place, full of friendly faces, welcoming, charged with the kind of t...

Brain Worms

The good news: The wife won big. The bad news: I have brain worms.   Worse still, the medication I’m on makes me furious and paranoid. Not to mention...

Ice Cream Knuckles

“I’m begging you to give me permission to fire him.” Gabe’s plea was more pathetic than intended, his meek tone reverberating within his doughy jaw. “Plea...