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26 min read stories

Discover a collection of stories which are around 26 minutes read time.

28 min read

Song for No One’s Backyard

* Story contains bad language

Jim McCrumb always told the same stories to every new batch of student employees. Jim had been a manager at the university bookstore for a long time. He...

24 min read

The Case for Zakir

* Story contains bad language

Eight years ago, in the Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan, Zakir Mohammad went on patrol with a platoon of American soldiers. Twenty-three years old,...

21 min read

The Height of My Apex

* Story contains bad language

Someone shit in the men’s sauna again, and now the entirety of Apex Fitness smells like the aftermath of a ruptured septic tank.

29 min read

Josh & Rach 4ever

* Story contains bad language

Perhaps their bodies sensed the heartache ahead, the disappointment that waited—that they couldn’t hold onto this version of reality. So they let go of it.

24 min read

He was a friend of mine

Midsummer. 1986. Lahoris are praying for the monsoon and the boys, not indifferent, but undeterred by the heat, are playing cricket daily. As if their lives...

23 min read

Lady Tigers

* Story contains bad language

Rusty sat behind the wheel of the bus and watched the sky turn sour. A year ago, when his father had coached the Lady Tigers, he’d been expected to serve as...

27 min read

Victory Lap

* Story contains bad language

Three days shy of her fifteenth birthday, Alison Pope paused at the top of the stairs.Say the staircase was marble. Say she descended and all heads turned....

31 min read

Home

* Story contains bad language

Three cars for two grownups, I thought. What a country. What a couple of selfish dicks my wife and her new husband were.

31 min read

The Headstrong Historian

Many years after her husband had died, Nwamgba still closed her eyes from time to time to relive his nightly visits to her hut, and the mornings after, when...

25 min read

Cell one

* Story contains bad language

The first time our house was robbed, it was our neighbor Osita who climbed in through the dining-room window and stole our TV and VCR, and the “Purple Rain”...

29 min read

Birdsong

* Story contains bad language

The woman, a stranger, was looking at me. In the glare of the hot afternoon, in the swirl of motorcycles and hawkers, she was looking down at me from the...

28 min read

Mothers

* Story contains bad language

Here she is, on the porch, all straw-hair and slumpy joints and a crack that passes through her lip like she is dirt that has never known rain. In her arms...