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George Saunders

The Falls

Morse crossed the St. Jude grounds just as the school was being dismissed, hoping Aldo Cummings wouldn't collar him. When Robert got home, he would make a new cardboard keyboard for him to practice...

19 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story


Josh squeezed through the gap in just his Old Navy boxers, and we all voted to accept Mr. Slippen's Facility Morale Initiative. Carolyn and I requested that Mr. Slippen supply us with the...

54 min read · Rating: R · Read story


Mrs. Poltoi and Mrs. Hopanlitski were widows who made pipe-cleaner animals. I cast Mrs. H. a plastic Lafayette. The summer I was ten, Raccoon and I were joined by Art Siminiak. Eddie the Vacant was...

16 min read · Rating: G · Read story


Adams was standing in my kitchen one day, so I rolled him down the stairs into the early-spring muck and pulled Karen aside. After dinner, I mini-wonked him in the back of his head. Adams's house...

9 min read · Rating: R · Read story


Tuesday morning, Jillian from Disasters calls, and I go to my room to watch some World Series. Mom takes a bullet in the neck. Rimney could film all of Disney on a Super-8 camera, and his dad had a...

41 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story


Marie had pointed out the brilliance of the autumnal sun on the perfect field of corn twice already, and now Josh was practicing pitching by filling his Yankees helmet with pebbles and winging them...

17 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Al Roosten

Al Roosten stood nervously behind the paper screen, answering "Yes" to the Chamber of Commerce's request to participate in an antidrug effort Celebrity Auction event. Larry Donfrey headed down the...

22 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Victory Lap

Alison Pope imagined a baby deer trembling in the woods, and a choir singing of her foul end. Matt's huge cow head is being flooded by chemicals, and Alison likes being in charge of her. Kyle Boot,...

29 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Escape From Spiderhead

Jeff and Heather were allowed to lie in the garden for nearly an hour, but then felt shy. Abnesti requested permission to pep up our language centers via VerbaluceTM, but our talking became less...

39 min read · Rating: R · Read story


A son returns home from war to find his mother facing eviction. He confronts her new partner and seeks refuge at his ex-wife's house.

35 min read · Rating: PG-13 · Read story

Tenth of December

Wasn’t overcoming this feeling of fear what truly distinguished the brave?

44 min read · Rating: G · Read story

Mother’s Day

Well, if he wanted a fight, she knew how to fight. She liked it. She was good at it. She’d make him pay. The way she always had.

36 min read · Rating: R · Read story