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12 min read stories

Discover a collection of stories which are around 12 minutes read time.

15 min read


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In a lovely urban coincidence, the last two houses on our block were both occupied by widows who had lost their husbands in Eastern European pogroms. Dad...

11 min read


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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.

14 min read

The Meme

Was it just because Keith’s upper arms wobbled as he shouted and fell; because he was – let’s face it – fat? Was that why ours rather than a billion other...

11 min read

So Long, Whale Bum

* Story contains bad language

To give you some idea how seriously I took it, that’s what I called my first solo album.The public, if such a noble beast still exists, agreed with my low...

9 min read

My Body, Herself

When the cave’s ceiling crumples, so do I. Through my body, stone kisses stone. I die.Afterward, footsteps pass by my head. I track them to the opposite...

13 min read

In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried

A woman whose friend lays dying in a hospital—and weep, both because it's utterly devastating (yet somehow laugh-out-loud funny?)

11 min read

The new fable of the speedy sprite

One Monday Morning a rangy and well-conditioned Elfin of the Young Unmarried Set, yclept Loretta, emerged into the Sunlight and hit the Concrete Path with a...

11 min read

The new fable of the search for climate

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Once there was a Gentleman of the deepest dye who was all out of Kelter. He felt like a list of Symptoms on the outside of a Dollar Bottle. He looked like...

12 min read

The new fable of the intermittent fusser

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Once a grammar-school Rabbit, struggling from long Trousers toward his first brier-wood Pipe, had Growing Pains which he diagnosed as the pangs of True...

11 min read


North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers' School set the boys free. An uninhabited house of two...

11 min read

A Dark Brown Dog

A child was standing on a street-corner. He leaned with one shoulder against a high board-fence and swayed the other to and fro, the while kicking carelessly...

14 min read

A Coward

Society called him Handsome Signoles. His name was Viscount Gontran-Joseph de Signoles.An orphan, and possessed of an adequate income, he cut a dash, as the...