June 21, 2021 Issue
“The Coast of New Zealand”
“According to the Pact, its adherents were obliged to disperse immediately after the completion of the proceedings of the reunion.”
By Cynthia OzickJune 14, 2021
June 14, 2021 Issue
“A woman I can’t responsibly call my brother’s girlfriend dropped the cat off at my apartment.”
By Bryan WashingtonJune 7, 2021
June 7, 2021 Issue
“Before the Valley”
“Before wasn’t talked about often; it felt unseemly somehow, self-indulgent, to dwell on one’s past life.”
By Rachel HengMay 31, 2021
May 31, 2021 Issue
“A, S, D, F”
“What I’m actually engaged in is a white-collar high-wire act without a safety net, where each typo means I have to start over.”
By Saïd SayrafiezadehMay 24, 2021
May 24, 2021 Issue
“The Party”
“Suddenly the world has wrapped itself around her, embraced her house with music and laughter. The world is here. And she feels she should say hello.”
By Keith RidgwayMay 17, 2021
May 17, 2021 Issue
“Children of the Good Book”
“The situation would’ve been funny—like Shaq holding off that little white kid in ‘Kazaam’—if they hadn’t been the men in our lives, putting us up on the wrong kind of game.”
By J. M. HolmesMay 10, 2021
May 10, 2021 Issue
“In those days, Joan stirred up our town with her air of dangerous glamour and the sense that her marriage to Roger couldn’t possibly last.”
By Thomas McGuaneMay 3, 2021
April 26 & May 3, 2021 Issue
“Old Babes in the Wood”
“My heart is broken, Nell thinks. But in our family we don’t say, ‘My heart is broken.’ We say, ‘Are there any cookies?’ ”
By Margaret AtwoodApril 19, 2021
April 19, 2021 Issue
“ ‘Derivatives,’ Alvin said. ‘I don’t speculate about the future, I trade it.’ ”
By Jonas EikaApril 12, 2021
April 12, 2021 Issue
“What happened next wasn’t that she recovered, but she did move to a new city, where she’d have to bump into life every day.”
By Clare SestanovichApril 5, 2021
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