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13 min read stories

Discover a collection of stories which are around 13 minutes read time.

15 min read

Bohemians

* Story contains bad language

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...

16 min read

Puppy

* Story contains bad language

Twice already Marie had pointed out the brilliance of the autumnal sun on the perfect field of corn, because the brilliance of the autumnal sun on the...

16 min read

Paddy & Veronika

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From the Czech Republic, her name was Veronika Markova, twenty-two years old, and she was sitting on their sofa, with Max on her lap, although the interview...

11 min read

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* Story contains bad language

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...

16 min read

Descent

* Story contains bad language

We gathered for the last time in October, under the pretense of discussing a novel that was currently bobbing along in the zeitgeist like a rubber duck at...

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

* Story contains bad language

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

Araby

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...