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Politics, by John ShawBlack and Blue in ’32

I’m the favorite to win. It’s not my foreign policy and it’s not my handling of domestic issues. Nobody gives a shit about the unemployment numbers, job growth, the illusory downward trend of the trade… [more]

DoublingProbationary Period

Upon being hired by the Company, all new employees must serve a ninety (90) calendar day trial period. Your performance will be carefully monitored during this period. They say there’s cameras but they won’t tell… [more]

NineNine

My name is George, and I have a nine-inch cock. This is its story.

Berkeley marina, by MinagraphyPray to Lord I Hope at Least One of My Ears Doesn’t Pop

i. Sarah had seen him many times shedding tears exclusively for film characters. And so when Fred cried at the departure gate, she thought they might be in a documentary. ii. Paul asked Jeannie, over… [more]

art by Seann McCollumBull

After his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Billy believed he had seen everything. Arm yourself, learn to kill efficiently, develop a nose for IEDs impatient under the sand, pick up severed limbs, embrace a fallen… [more]

art by Thomas HawkUnidentified Photo on the Internet

The seaweed men patrol the icy town with sticks wrapped in bumbergrass their hooked beaks hissing steam, eyes painted open against the twilight. They trudge the streets like shaggy marionettes, boots cracking glazed tarmac, past… [more]

heads in bottles, by Chris CoffeyAMYGDALA

Deep in the Eureka, Kansas bunker, there still exists one Memory Replacement protocol, invented by the late Hemispheres scientist Hans Geisser. It is a cryogenic dreaming sequencing process known officially as “Foreground Switching.” The main… [more]

art by MinagraphyLast Night

I looked in on you last night. That point-five-second draft of penguin’s breath you thought was just a gust outside the window and the birdcall you’d have sworn was from a horse were clues I… [more]

Just Flow with It, by Minagraphyfrom COUNTRY

Speaking of my Goya: I had it handy when Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” came out: I had read Woody’s fictionalized autobiography, Bound for Glory (E.P. Dutton: 1943): somehow Arlo’s twenty-minute song-story-recitation moves right along with the… [more]

In Amber GehennaIn Amber Gehenna

Behind the bar dangles a ribbon of yellow flypaper covered in glass bees, some of them still wriggling. Wings vibrating, antennae twitching. All to no avail. They’re not the only ones stuck, of course. Here… [more]

art by Christopher CoffeyFive in the Morning

As I lie sleepless in the semidarkness, the birds warm up their voices, & it occurs to me that only birds know what birds are saying, just as only you know how to make me… [more]

Getting Readyforever tender

my friend really likes to say boom shakalaka she’s french or maybe spanish i like it when she gets excited because she wraps her whole lean powerful body around boom shakalaka it spills out all… [more]

art for "One or the Other"One or the Other

My best good friend Quiddit got the bike off a fifth grader, nice orange and silver Mongoose from the Wal-Mart down in Bowling Green, with pegs and a handlebar rotor for tricks and all that… [more]

Convoy x Melissa detailOptimus Prime, Pedophile

Did you know that the beloved leader of the Autobots had a fetish for underage girls? Or that a Megatron look-alike not only shared the same fetish, but repeatedly tried to rape those girls? Or that… [more]

art by MingagraphySaturday

Today is a Saturday and people either work half day in an unfamiliar branch or they resent their jobs. They put your bowl of chicken noodle on your table without a smile or spoon. You… [more]

image from The Third AgeThe Third Age, Episode 12/13: “The Last Supper”

It’s the season finale of Volume One! Zinone mulls an intriguing proposal from Jerrod Woolf, and makes a decision that will irrevocably change his world. The apocalypse begins here!

art by Nathaniel OotenWhat a Difference a Day Makes

Warren Samuels III was cordially invited by the Imaginautical Turbine to attend A Meeting of Fantastic Importance on the 30th of February. The words were lavishly written in thick cursive ink. The invitation was a singular… [more]

image from The Third AgeThe Third Age, Episode 11: “A Very Generous Offer”

With one episode to the finale, Zinone finds himself wondering whether he’s a prisoner or a guest at Woolf Pharmaceutical!

empty stageNostalgia in Three Acts

CHARACTERS Brian Watkins, a twenty-one-year-old male David Watkins, Brian’s father Charlene Watkins, Brian’s mother Jane Higgins, Brian’s twentyish girlfriend John Burrow, Brian’s twentyish friend Nate Peterson, a twenty-two-year-old male ACT ONE: April 27, 1970 ACT… [more]

still from The Third AgeThe Third Age, Episode 10: “In Exile”

Holly, Zinone and Morning are on the run and facing a crossroads. Will their fragile group survive?

Christmas lights, by David MilanoGallery of the Disappeared Men

She had seen that clouded look before, a determined mix of pity and revulsion and something else she could not define. It was there and then gone in an instant, like that first surprising zing… [more]

still from The Third Age, episode 9The Third Age, Episode 9: “Mission Control”

Holly, Zinone, and Morning scramble to avoid capture, while Jerrod struggles to stay sane.

Michele BachmannMichele Bachmann

I want to see this film and I want to read this book. She is the anachronistic subject of the poem, the woman in the oil painting making love to crabs. I’m a little girl… [more]

still from The Third Age, episode 8The Third Age, Episode 8: “Hyperopia”

This week, The Third Age kicks into high gear. After completing her ritual with Morning, Holly knows what she has to do, but can she do it? And Jerrod Woolf’s vision reaches a critical point,… [more]

Dig Doug, Day 3Dig Doug, Day 3

Doug didn’t bother taking a shower. Instead, he came into work early as usual. As he stood in front of the building, waiting for Kay to unlock it, he noticed that the others stood away… [more]