Fiction 1.1

Abraham Lincoln Sings Karaoke by Tim Bass

Abraham Lincoln Sings Karaoke by Tim Bass

Fiction, Vol. 1.1, June 2007 My love luck changed for the better on a Tuesday. That afternoon, Patrice Karpanski parked a hip against my desk and leaned over my stack of crash reports and asked me to take her to Herb Swindell’s retirement party. Take […]

A Long-Standing Family Tradition: A Different Sort of Fish Tale by Aubrey Bemis

A Long-Standing Family Tradition: A Different Sort of Fish Tale by Aubrey Bemis

Fiction, Vol. 1.1, June 2007 No one’s quite sure just why Grandpa Herbert began standing on fish, but I’ve certainly heard tales. Rumor has it that he started doing it for attention when he was a child. You see, Grandpa Herbert had anywhere from thirteen […]

Race Car Bed by Vincent Carafano

Race Car Bed by Vincent Carafano

Fiction, Vol. 1.1, June 2007 In Louis’ earliest years his family lived in a tiny house on sketchy Cutty Sark Street. Venturing outside risked the neighborhood roughnecks, a flasher traumatizing tricycle riding kids with quick glimpses under his bath robe, a villainous neighborhood dog that […]

Protégé by Ann Claycomb

Protégé by Ann Claycomb

Fiction, Vol. 1.1, June 2007 Karl Grunberg drew glances and a few outright stares as he wove between other pedestrians on the sidewalk on his way to class. He did not notice, though he knew that he was even more good-looking at seventeen than he […]

Coffee with Meryl Streep by Jean Copeland

Coffee with Meryl Streep by Jean Copeland

Fiction, Vol. 1.1, June 2007 Wanda admired herself in the cloudy full-length mirror, her gold lamé dress glittering as it reflected the light shining out from the bathroom. The rich creamy sweetness of the large Hazelnut coffee she’d ordered from a coffee house down the […]

Crack by Lisa Doyle

Crack by Lisa Doyle

Fiction, Vol. 1.1, June 2007 I was sitting on the stoop overlooking my backyard. Wispy smoke from my cigarette blended into the morning fog. The best part of morning. The neighbor boy from two houses over, Johnson’s kid, Daniel, had been standing in the middle […]

Toothbrush by Barry Graham

Toothbrush by Barry Graham

Fiction, Vol. 1.1, June 2007 I try to convince her that toothbrushes have no distinct gender. I present a sound argument based on logic, using strategies from Plato’s topoi. I introduce complex algorithms to display the improbability, but still she is not convinced. I am […]

What it Takes to Win in Advertising, A-Z by Amie Heasley

What it Takes to Win in Advertising, A-Z by Amie Heasley

Fiction, Vol. 1.1, June 2007 Action Change Order; otherwise known as ACO. The radioactive-green ACO snickers in the just-promoted graphic designer’s dusty in-bin. Photo is “too lonely” the account executive says the client said. Replace with a more “social” shot. Social, Thomas thinks. It’s a […]

Car Talk by B.J. Hollars

Car Talk by B.J. Hollars

Fiction, Vol. 1.1, June 2007 At twelve, we talked cars. I didn’t know anything about them; only that it was necessary for me to spout off words like “corvette” and “chevy” and “mustang” like I knew them; like they were as natural to me as […]

Rah, Rah by B.J. Hollars

Rah, Rah by B.J. Hollars

Fiction, Vol. 1.1, June 2007 When Liza lost her legs, we called it a car accident, not a cheerleading accident. It took the humor away. Despite the seriousness of it, when my mother whispered, “It was a cheerleading accident,” there were sure to be off-colored […]