David M. Hoenig with a beautiful updating of Hindu mythology, his short story "Deva Rising":
"As I stand, the semblance of humanity sloughs away from me- first one new arm sprouts, then a match on the other side, giving me a second pair below the originals. I feel my wings once again push out from my back, and I extend them, enjoying the stretch. As I turn to face the monks, my third eye, in the center of my forehead, opens and sees them as they begin to sing."
A man faces a moral dilemma in Rick Neumayer's short story, "The Blind Man".
"The blind man says he usually knows when someone is trying to cheat him. 'If it’s not a twenty, most of the time I can tell by the feel of the bill. Ones get more use than other bills. They feel soft. Twenties stay crisp. And when someone is trying to put something over on you, their voice usually gets higher, and their sentences shorter. They’re nervous. If I take the bill and start to pull out change, they think they've gotten away with it and that’s when they come up with some overly polite thank-you. That’s when I know.'"
Hey, kids! Celebrate the candidacy of the only True American™ in the 2016 Presidential race, Donald Trump, by building your own campaign speech, in the in-your-face, tell-it-like-it-is, insult-every-sensibility style of The Donald™ himself.
When I tell people I experienced overt racism and intolerance while growing up they are often shocked. I’m only thirty-three years old, and they thought racism was a relic of the past, something worn and tired, gathering dust on the shelves of civil rights museums. They also thought it was regionally confined, so they are even more surprised when I tell them, “near Dayton, Ohio.” They were expecting Mississippi or Alabama, or some other southern state that is notorious for its history of Confederate flags and midnight cross-burnings.
HBO's crime anthology series True Detective became a smash hit in its first season by building on the literary noir tradition. As the series delves deep into the mysteries of its second season, Donald McCarthy takes a look at the history of noir fiction, and how it informs the series.
Game of Thrones the HBO series differs from its source material, George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice, in many ways. One area that it often falls short is in pacing and character development. Donald McCarthy takes us through a few recent comparisons from the final episodes of Season Five, and how they match up to A Dance With Dragons.
Did Don Draper create the Coke commercial? Is Peggy Olson's ending truly happy? The Drunk Monkeys staff gets together to discuss the series finale of Mad Men, and look back at the series itself, its charactres, and its place in television history.
Because these twists are not outlandish, the show can get away with them, since our own lives are filled with sudden changes. Someone we know suddenly dies. We find out we’re being laid off without warning. A lover decides to end a relationship. In hindsight there may have been signs, but in the moment it’s like a smack in the face.
An interview with Lisa Mangini, writer and founding editor of Paper Nautilus.
"I was preparing to move, and found a decorative box with all my concert ticket stubs inside. I started looking through them, and each one immediately drew me right back to the evening of the concert itself. I started to recall not the music or the quality of the show itself, but rather the people I watched the show with, what I was wearing, the drive to the venue, the weather, what was going on in my life. I realized that so little about going to a concert is actually about the performance, and wanted to more deeply explore the whole ritual of seeing live music."
"I want to write words to rattle in peoples’ heads and cut their hearts so deeply that once they’ve finished sounding them out, these people feel like they’ve been kicked in the gut and feel like it was the most beautiful beating they’ve ever received. I want my longer stories to be a means of escape; I want people to disappear for hours and when they finally emerge they look around and wonder where the hell they are."