“Daria laughs up at Jeff, the man she will marry, even though she’s not pregnant.” By Heidi Bell
“He couldn’t risk Walter, Peggy’s father, catching him doing things—you know, sexual things—with his daughter.” By Jamie Iredell
“At the time, Lucy Hayek saw Zack as a better alternative to experimenting with a bunch of anti-depressants.” By C.E. Hyun
“My girlfriend, the incredibly hot born-again Christian to whom I lost my virginity, asked me if you were an actual fag, or if you just acted like one.” By Michael Rowe
“When my mom calls to tell me that my father has been hospitalized, it doesn’t take me long to decide to use the information to hit on a girl.” Weekend Fiction by Patrick Hueller
“This was two months before he left his family. Arthur can’t tell you exactly what he did on that birthday, only that it left a taste of fatty pizza and cheap plastic in his mouth, that it involved a giant singing rodent, and that it was important to him.” Weekend Fiction By Delaney Nolan
“Political discord in this land had always been marked by blood and pain. The stories were unending, shocking the first time, sad but predictable after that.” By Masha Hamilton
“As we lay on his mattress, the cool summer air from his window slipping across our naked skin, he told me about the first girl he’d ever loved.” By Karissa Chen
“She looks into my living room as if to glimpse someone behind me. No one should be there.” By Jimin Han
“When she disappeared Papi didn’t eat for weeks.” An excerpt from LOTERIA, by Mario Alberto Zambrano.
“And in this room: The love letters we wrote to each other in the months of our courtship, aflame,” by Matt Bell
“My best friend’s father died. I went on eBay and tried to buy a new best friend, but all the best friends on eBay were too expensive.” By Mark Baumer
“Josie became a lot like the jellyfish she studied. She could by turns be prickly, stinging, even deadly, yet still soft and elusive, floating along on currents not of her own making.” By Mary Akers
“Why did the chicken cross the road? Where do bats get their energy? Knock, knock, who’s there, the interrupting cow. How do you know when a blonde has been making chocolate chip cookies?” By Gabe Durham
“Quinn has booked a flight to Connemara, County Galway. But first, this funeral. This director. What is her name?” By Joey DeFrancesco
An excerpt from photographer Jason Landry’s new book of essays.
You put your heart on the line and you swing for the fences… and sometimes you’re gonna strike out.
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A choir 5,000 voices strong pays tribute to Zach Sobiech. It is sad and wonderful.
Matthew Remski discusses ways to create a lasting connection between dads and their new babies, one that is attentive and not reactive.
Danny Baker discovered the hard way that depending on your lover to also be your therapist is disastrous for your relationship.
Compassion for yourself and unconditional love go hand in hand.
Eric Leslie writes an open letter to his 6 year-old self about dreaming big, heart disease, and throwing the first pitch at a Pirates game.
Which is more important to you–to have people understand what you are saying or to understand what is said to you?
What Renner Larson’s grandfather, uncle and Dick Van Dyke taught him about masculinity.
Gary Lai is married to Jill Morley of Fight Like a Girl fame. And the question he gets asked all the time is, “What do you think when your wife gets hit in the face.”
Jacob Tucker’s brother just turned 24. And it’s time Jacob told him what he really thinks about him.
Confused, retired Lt. Colonel Ronald Johnson knocked on the wrong door one early morning.