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Toby Litt

There was this boy I met at a party, years back

I don't usually believe in ghosts, but I touched this man and I am sure he was real. At Becky's party, a boy sat down next to me and said, "I'm sorry, I'm such a mess." I felt like he meant it, but...

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

Paddy & Veronika

Veronika Markova, twenty-two years old, came with a recommendation from Sally and Drew, who were good friends of Henry and May. Paddy was arguing against Veronika, partly because of her...

18 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

Kavita & Dr Mehrotra

Kavita took a limousine from the airport to her parents' apartment on the top of Malabar Hill. She let down the Venetian blinds, drew the indigo silk curtains, and lay down on the bed. Kavita...

18 min read · Rating: R · Read story


I began to think, for no particular reason, about what the exact series of events would be were I to die at that moment – before, even, my coffee went cold.

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

The Meme

Keith's upper arms wobbled as he shouted and fell, and animals doing stupid stuff went viral. Even fat people watching fat people doing stupid stuff felt that disassociation. We watch screens with...

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

So Long, Whale Bum

I called my first solo album The public, and after Syph had said he would have two double espressos, I said, 'Can we meet?' The female voice said that if I didn't give him my phone number, I was...

13 min read · Rating: PG · Read story

Notes for a Young Gentleman

A gentleman should greet with genuine warmth only the following persons – his sister’s daughters, his maternal aunts and his mortal enemies.

2 min read · Rating: G · Read story