Issue Eight

This Is Me, Being Brave

There are things about my childhood that I’ve never told anyone.  Not even a therapist.  I’m not proud of this. When I was young, you did what you had to do in order to survive.  Mostly that meant staying silent, keeping your thoughts to yourself.  You lived inside...

Holy Moly

·1 mole, smoked with incense ·1 mole, whose sins have been washed away ·1 mummified mole, disinterred from the altar of an ancient church, after cohabiting, for eight centuries, with the finger bones of three medieval saints ·1 small family of moles, extracted from...

Meanwhilst, on the Isle of Langerhans

Miniature Churchill is born in Sheboygan, her breathing spouts intact. "She's perfectly formed," says a nurse. But the tiny prime minister is far from perfect: congenital mucklucks have grown like saddles on the ankles of her heart. The surgeon raises an eyebrow above...

Review of Walker Pass

I grew up on the western side of Walker Pass, and I crossed it thousands of times throughout my childhood, from home, to the desert, and back again. Five days a week, every week, beginning when I was five and ending when I was 18. And after that, I crossed this pass...

Lenticular Image

Start with fear Fear is a yolk sac in the gut. Focus on the screen inside it. On the screen, a baby. Turn it slightly to see the searing mark of a red-hot palm, soft skin about to bubble. Tell the story She bears a vessel to fill with fear. Tiny now, she takes him...

The Okay Spa

“Oh-em-gee, you have to try the Okay Spa,” said my editor friend Nicole as we left the coffee shop. “It’ll relax you like never before. It’s…beyond.” “This isn’t a prostitution sting, is it?” I joked. She slapped me playfully on the arm, sending spasms from my...

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