Free to Read · Short Stories I Love

‘The Man I Could Be’ by Brenda Peynado

I just recently discovered Hunger Mountain and I am in love. "The Man I Could Be" by Brenda Peynado is super cool. Go read it yourself if you don't believe me. Magical realism is one of my personal favorites. This one is so fun because it raises these questions of our potential versus our reality and… Continue reading ‘The Man I Could Be’ by Brenda Peynado

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Free to Read · Nonfiction Essays I Love

‘If It Had to Perish Twice’ by Ryan Habermeyer

 This piece, published by the Cimarron Review, really made me think. Not only is it highly relevant, it does an incredible job of exploring complex emotions that I think a lot of us can relate to right now. So, please read "If It Had to Perish Twice," by Ryan Habermeyer. I'll say a few things… Continue reading ‘If It Had to Perish Twice’ by Ryan Habermeyer

Flash Nonfiction I love · Free to Read

‘When Birds Devour the Bread Crumb Trail’ by Tessa Mellas Is Definitely Worth Your Time

 I'm very picky about nonfiction, but this piece published by Grist Online really captured my attention. Go read it, then come back and see what I think (or just read it. I'm not picky). The details in this piece are something else, from the actions the husband takes to describing how the organ sits under the… Continue reading ‘When Birds Devour the Bread Crumb Trail’ by Tessa Mellas Is Definitely Worth Your Time

Free to Read · Short Stories I Love

‘Prayer’ by Natalie Mesnard Is Mesmerizing

I stumbled upon "Prayer" by Natalie Mesnard thanks to Kenyon Review's newsletter. It's lovely and beautiful, and I highly encourage you to read it. As always, I will be detailing exactly what I love about this piece in list format: Second person. I am such a sucker for second person, and this is such a cool use… Continue reading ‘Prayer’ by Natalie Mesnard Is Mesmerizing

Flash Fiction I Love · Free to Read

You Need to Read ‘The Girls at the Kaiulani Resort’ by Lori Sambol Brody

 If you want. But I highly recommend it. And since I know you're wondering (because you, as an avid reader of my blog, have noticed this) I'm publishing my 'review' on the 15th, which is normally my book quote day. It's all my fault because I didn't plan ahead and am on vacation with no… Continue reading You Need to Read ‘The Girls at the Kaiulani Resort’ by Lori Sambol Brody

Flash Nonfiction I love · Free to Read

‘Son of Crusoe’ by David Chau Is My Favorite

Or one of my favorites, at least. This is another instance where I'm showing some bias, because I helped pick "Son of Crusoe" for publication. It's a flash essay, which is something you don't see a whole lot of. And now, for my list. I'm partial to immigrant stories, especially in today's times. What's nice… Continue reading ‘Son of Crusoe’ by David Chau Is My Favorite

Flash Fiction I Love · Free to Read

‘Fly’ by Natalie Lima Is Fly

I like the list thing from last post (because I'm lazy) so I'm going with that again. That doesn't mean that I like this story any less because I'm not devoting paragraphs to it. In fact, I love it, as I love everything that Paper Darts publishes. Not only do they publish good work, they commission… Continue reading ‘Fly’ by Natalie Lima Is Fly

Flash Fiction I Love · Free to Read

Reasons Why I Love ‘Shit Cassandra Saw That She Didn’t Tell the Trojans Because at that Point Fuck Them Anyway’

Seriously, what a title. It's like an old Panic! at the Disco song. You can't help but love it, though. Go read it. Come back here if you feel like it. And now, because I don't feel like writing paragraphs today, here is a list of reasons I love this story: Lists. Super awesome lists.… Continue reading Reasons Why I Love ‘Shit Cassandra Saw That She Didn’t Tell the Trojans Because at that Point Fuck Them Anyway’

Free to Read · Nonfiction Essays I Love

Why ‘Dear Inmate’ by Andrew Maynard Is Awesome

Go read it first. I'm serious. Yes, DIAGRAM does things super small and close together, but read it. It's worth it. Now I'm going to talk about it at length. And when I say at length, I mean at length. Feel free to ignore me. My day will be made if you just follow those… Continue reading Why ‘Dear Inmate’ by Andrew Maynard Is Awesome