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Category: Story Online

, | By Kaila Young

[ March 1, 2016 ]

New Day Tuesday: Prodigals by Greg Jackson

When you think Fight Club, you think Tyler Durden. When you think Catcher in the Rye, you think Holden Caulfield. Memorable books simply have memorable characters—the ones so complex that you lose your mind right along with them. And by the end of the book you have married Holden and gone to Tyler’s funeral (before you realize …

, | By Wayne Cresser

[ February 29, 2016 ]

The Night It All Got Going

First there is the suffocation dream, which comes in jump cuts, then whole sequences lit low with dark figures looming over me, hulking shadows. It’s as if I’m trying to sleep while Fritz Lang is in my bedroom shooting some expressionist nightmare. He doesn’t care about me or my wife. He barks instructions at Bruno, …

, | By Travis Kurowski

[ February 23, 2016 ]

New Day Tuesday: Cities I’ve Never Lived In

Other places offer a privacy to our own lives. We travel and keep ourselves estranged against a backdrop of cement and glass. Published last Tuesday, February 16th, Sara Majka’s debut short story collection, Cities I’ve Never Lived In, is a lyric meditation—echoing James Salter and Marguerite Duras—on our connections to places and people, how, says Kelly Link, “people love and …

, | By Story Staff

[ February 18, 2016 ]

Selected Stories for February 19, 2016

As David Foster Wallace saw coming back in 1996: there are four trillion stories coming at you every day, “and it’s too much work to do triage to decide” what to read. Below are some recent stories online that are too good to miss: Kristopher Jansma’s beautifully honest recounting of how life doesn’t stop for death published at the Real Simple website. …

, | By Lizz Dawson; Vito Grippi

[ February 16, 2016 ]

New Day Tuesday: Why We Came To The City by Kristopher Jansma

“We came to the city because we wished to live haphazardly, to reach for only the least realistic of our desires, and to see if we could not learn what our failures had to teach, and not, when we came to live, discover that we had never died.” This week’s New Day Tuesday captures the …

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[ February 9, 2016 ]

New Day Tuesday: You Should Pity Us Instead by Amy Gustine

  This week’s New Day Tuesday release, Amy Gustine’s You Should Pity Us Instead, is a compilation of short stories being recognized as a “dazzling debut collection” by Publisher’s Weekly. The stories include an assortment of ordinary situations: a women with fifty-five cats, a father on his way to sort out his dead daughter’s apartment, a mother …

, | By Violet Fearon

[ February 8, 2016 ]

A Private Darkness

When Grandpa died, he didn’t look like he was sleeping. He looked like he was dead. It was Wednesday, August 16th. I remember that because I circled it in purple Sharpie on my calendar. I don’t think Wednesdays are good days for dying. And purple was the wrong color to use. I should have used …

, | By Kaila Young

[ February 2, 2016 ]

New Day Tuesday: Today Means Amen by Sierra DeMulder

I didn’t cry when I watched The Notebook or Titanic, or at that part when Plato dies in Rebel Without a Cause. I didn’t cry for The Bell Jar or The Great Gatsby. But when I watched Sierra DeMulder perform at York College last Spring, I sobbed. It was one of those purifying, necessary sobs that had been …

| By Story Staff

[ February 1, 2016 ]

Online Call For Submissions: “We Are Here Now”

In her recent essay “On Pandering,” published on Tin House’s website, Claire Vaye Watkins quotes a conversation with Elissa Schappell, where Schappell says to Watkins: “You keep using that word. Trend. It’s not a trend. We are here now. We’re not going anywhere. We are here now.” Watkins’s essay is a response to the underrepresentation …

, | By Kaila Young

[ January 29, 2016 ]

Christopher DeWeese Interview Part II: It’s Beautiful and It’s Also Really Sad

This is the second installation of a two-part interview with poet Christopher DeWeese; read part one here.     STORY: Can you talk about Alternative Music a bit more? How you are remixing the songs? DEWEESE: It’s hard, because the premise is I can only do this with songs that I remember well enough that I can …