Codename Violet

Codename Violet


i didn’t do anything for my dad for father’s day. i know it sounds like a jerk thing especially after i made my mom a gift but he’s been such an asshole lately i can’t take it. i just avoided him.
three hours ago | anordinaryjackal | 2 comments

Violet considers what to write in response. As usual, it’s not something she understands—not something she can personally relate to. It’s easier for her to respond to something like “burned my hand […]

Codename Violet2020-06-08T06:51:45+00:00



Madelaine Hanson

The snow leaked into the drains under the dry white sun. The rattle of the thaw pulled debris down the paving stones, leaving discarded pebbles by the gutter. The children played with them, finding the most interesting shape or unusual color. To them, this war was always a game. Hide and seek in air raid shelters, swirling around the lamp posts like aeroplanes, building fairy houses out of shrapnel holes. The elder ones were silent, staring, but for now, the little ones played.

For Suzanne, there were […]


Signal to Noise

Signal to Noise

Gabriela James Noguera


A change in her feed gradually woke Laura, same as every day like clockwork, as they used to say.

Her feed changed twice in the night (that she was aware of). Upon climbing into bed after the second reminder to take her sleeping pill came the guided meditation, and as her pace and breathing slowed and her brain quieted, soothing sounds took over. When the time came to rise and prepare for the day’s work, newsreaders’ voices began to whisper gently in her ear, the volume slowly […]

Signal to Noise2020-06-08T06:50:50+00:00

FDA v. Bondit

999 U.S. 999


Argued February 29, 2028 
Decided April 1, 2028

[by Terry Sanville]

Bondit Co. petitioned to review and set aside an order of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibiting the manufacture, distribution or sale of “Lockjaw,” a denture adhesive produced by Bondit Co. Inc. The Science Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Texas) reversed the order (69 S.C. 007) holding that FDA has not demonstrated that the public health, safety and welfare were at risk. FDA […]

FDA v. Bondit2020-06-08T06:50:55+00:00

Clavichord in the Trailer Park

Clavichord in the Trailer Park

J. David Liss

I was walking from trailer to trailer, making sure the connections between the mobile homes and the network interface boxes were clean. We were one of the few trailer parks that had offered Internet service since the early 2000s, and we hadn’t upgraded from Ethernet to Wi-Fi.

When I felt like getting out to the country and away from Queens, I visited Uncle Nicky’s park in Riverhead. It was pretty country, nothing you’d think of if someone said the words ‘Long Island’. […]

Clavichord in the Trailer Park2020-06-08T06:47:43+00:00

Seeing Red

By Colin Bredenberg

Nothing suits a critic’s nose better than the smell of fresh meat. True to form, we vultures most prefer the newly deceased. In this article, I have the pleasure of displaying my newest discovery—Olive Haverly—whose story is tragic to the casually acquainted, but hardly worthy of frequent regard. Few have seen her genius, and fewer her raw vindiction—both have driven me continuously since I first discovered her Self Portrait #1, and my redeeming hope, as a member of the critical class, is to be her vindicator.

First, […]

Seeing Red2019-01-13T21:04:56+00:00

The End – Montauk

By Jessica Stilling

At the beach, near the ocean, she can only bring herself to eat shellfish.

And the techno music, the Hamptonites, they are not her scene.

“Women are always talking about it, going into the sea. You know, like The Awakening.” She teaches English at a college on Long Island.

“Oh yeah”, he says. “The Awakening. Yeah. Right, women going into the sea. Hordes of them.” He shakes his head and smiles. She’s not sure […]

The End – Montauk2018-05-07T21:35:51+00:00

Terms and Conditions

By Brianna Abbott

Stan Jackson hadn’t moved in about three days, unless you count wheeling his desk chair into the kitchen as moving. He tried to ignore the large, dark circles under his eyes whenever he glanced at his reflection in the computer screen. Sleep would have to wait; he had a project for Financial Planning due in two hours and an essay in Business Ethics due in five, and the word-processing program update installing on his computer didn’t sense the urgency.

“Come on” he begged. “Come on, Draxal, you piece of shit. You […]

Terms and Conditions2018-05-07T21:31:52+00:00

Best Damn Driver

by Ben Shani

Across the monitor in delayed succession the new deliveries specifics sputter out: Address, order, estimated time of arrival, and or if there are any special sides. I’m first in line to take the next batch, three or four I lug in a worn-out bag and race around town, mapping out the quickest routes to get where the customers wait. I never want to be more than two minutes with one customer. How you doing tonight? You see the game? You need any cheese and peppers, any plates and napkins? That is my small talk. That is […]

Best Damn Driver2018-05-07T21:39:29+00:00


By Seamus Mullin

She could not shower for three days because the water made her nervous. It was a fever of the brain. It was a complete loss of control. If not for the letters, she would have forgotten her own name.

She waited along the route of the heroes’ parade to see her soldier returned. He was filthy too, with desert sand embedded like insurgents in his pores. They were invisible, but she could see them.

She took him in her arms and licked down the side of […]

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