Look! Look! Feathers

Mike Young - 2010
    A town of spilled peaches fields its own game show. A mosquito fogger finds an unlikely friend. The stories in Mike Young's debut collection Look! Look! Feathers tap into the surreal and sad, the absurd and ragged dreams scratching at the edge of the American heart. Punks drive auctioned police cars, and necklaces of bluebird bones are sold from a roadside van. In these tales of the Pacific Northwest, Young finds magic burrowed under the moss of ordinary life.

The Most of It

Mary Ruefle - 2008
    . . brings us an often unnerving, but always fresh and exhilarating view of our common experience of the world.”—Charles SimicFans of Lydia Davis and Miranda July will delight in this short prose from a beloved and cutting-edge poet. Here are thirty stories that deliver the soft touch and the sucker punch with stunning aplomb. Ducks, physicists, detectives, and The New York Times all make appearances.From “The Dart and the Drill”:I do not believe that when my brother pierced my skull with a succession of darts thrown from across our paneled rec room on the night of November 18th in my sixth year on earth, he was trying to transcend the notions of time and space as contained and protected by the human skull. But who can fathom the complexities of the human brain? Ten years later—this would have been in 1967—the New York Times reported a twenty-four year old man, who held an honor degree in law, died in the process of using a dentist’s drill on his own skull, positioned an inch above his right ear, in an attempt to prove that time and space could be conquered . . .Mary Ruefle’s poems and prose have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and The Next American Essay. Her many awards include NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. She is a frequent visiting professor at the University of Iowa, and she lives and teaches in Vermont.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018

Sheila Heti - 2018
    Their compilation includes new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and the category-defying gems that have become one of the hallmarks of this lively collection.

The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators, and Waiting Rooms

The Paris Review - 2004
    It's theme is the reader. Everyday we must live through moments of waiting--to get from one place to the next, from one appointment to another, for something to happen. This ingeniously useful compendium offers reading material to fill those gray moments with beauty, wonder, insight, and emotion. Organized by the time that the reader has available at that moment, the anthology provides a poem for that elevator ride to the lawyer's office; a short story for the thirty-minute commute; a novella for the three-hour plane ride. As ever, The Paris Review provides work from only the best writers of the last three generations.Among those to appear:- Mary Robison- Denis Johnson- Michael Chabon- Marilyn Hacker- Robert Pinsky- and many more.

I Am Secretly an Important Man

Steven "Jesse" Bernstein - 1996
    "The work is deeply felt...Bernstein has been there and brought it back. Bernstein is a writer." [William S. Burroughs]

Even Though I Don't Miss You

Chelsea Martin - 2013
    Its seemingly arbitrary obsession with human evolution and many allusions to self-contempt make this book not only timeless and deeply moving, but one of those rare books to which you will develop a sickening dependence.

All the Letters I Should Have Sent

Rania Naim - 2018
    To the ones who broke our hearts and the ones that got away. To the ones who loved us and the ones who healed us. To the ones who made us ask important questions and the ones who gave us the answers. To all the people who once came into our lives and left an impact, left a mark or left a scar. This book is for you.

The Book of Beginnings and Endings

Jenny Boully - 2007
    What an absurdly arrogant statement to make. I make it anyway. Watch.”—John D’Agata“Yes, Aristotle, there can be pleasure without ‘complete and unified action with a beginning, middle, and end.’ Jenny Boully has done it.”—Mary Jo BangA book with only beginnings and endings, all invented. Jenny Boully opens and closes more than fifty topics ranging from physics and astronomy to literary theory and love. A brilliant statement on interruption, impermanence, and imperfection.Jenny Boully is the author of The Body: An Essay and [one love affair]*. Born in Thailand, she currently divides her time between Texas and Brooklyn.

The Pushcart Prize XXXVI: Best of the Small Presses

Bill Henderson - 2011
    The result: "The most creative, generous, and democratic of any of the annual volumes" (Rick Moody).Among its numerous awards, the Pushcart Prize has been chosen for the Poets Writers / Barnes Noble "Writers for Writers" Award and the National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement recognition.

A Little Gold Book of Ghastly Stuff

Neil Gaiman - 2011
    "Before You Read This" (first published as Todd Klein print)"Featherquest" (first published in Imagine #14)"Jerusalem" (first broadcast by BBC Radio 4)"Feminine Endings" (first published in Four Letter Word)"Orange" (first published in The Starry Rift)"Orphee" (first published in Orphee (CD))"Ghosts in the Machines" (first published in The New York Times[3])"The Annotated Brothers Grimm: Grimmer Than You Thought" (first published in The New York Times[4])"Black House" (first published in The Washington Post)"Summerland" (first published in The Washington Post)"The View from the Cheap Seats" (first published in The Guardian[5])"Once Upon a Time" (first published in The Guardian[6])"Introduction to Hothouse" (first published in Hothouse)"Entitlement Issues" (first published at Neil Gaiman's Blog[7]))"Freedom of Icky Speech" (first published at Neil Gaiman's blog[8]))"Harvey Awards Speech 2004" (first published at Neil Gaiman's blog[9]))"Nebula Award Speech 2005" (first published at Neil Gaiman's blog[10]))"Conjunctions" (first published in Mythic Delirium #20)

Midnight Monologues

Charissa Ong Ty - 2016
    The book is categorized into four parts, LOST, FOUND, HOPE and Short Stories. In an age of lesser readers and short attention spans, she hopes this book could stir ideas in the most efficient way possible; through really short, melodious writing. Awards- Award-Winning Finalist in the “Poetry” category of the 2017 International Book Awards- Award-Winning Finalist in the “Best Cover Design: Fiction” category of the 2017 International Book Awards- MPH Best Paperback Fiction Nominee 2016Get it on Amazon Kindle:http://amzn.to/2AHkNzT

Pieces Like Pottery

Dan Buri - 2015
    In this distinct selection of stories marked by struggle and compassion, Pieces Like Pottery is a powerful examination of the sorrows of life, the strength of character, the steadfast of courage, and the resiliency of love requisite to find redemption. Filled with graceful insight into the human condition, each linked story presents a tale of loss and love mirroring themes from each of the five Sorrowful Mysteries. In Expect Dragons, James Hinri learns that his old high school teacher is dying. Wanting to tell Mr. Smith one last time how much his teaching impacted him, James drives across the country revisiting past encounters with his father's rejection and the pain of his youth. Disillusioned and losing hope, little did James know that Mr. Smith had one final lesson for him. In The Gravesite, Lisa and Mike's marriage hangs in the balance after the disappearance of their only son while backpacking in Thailand. Mike thinks the authorities are right--that Chris fell to his death in a hiking accident--but Lisa has her doubts. Her son was too strong to die this young, and no one can explain to her why new posts continue to appear on her son's blog. Twenty-Two looks in on the lives of a dock worker suffering from the guilt of a life not lived and a bartender making the best of each day, even though he can see clearly how his life should have been different. The two find their worlds collide when a past tragedy shockingly connects them. A collection of nine stories, each exquisitely written and charged with merciful insight into the trials of life, Pieces Like Pottery reminds us of the sorrows we all encounter in life and the kindness we receive, oftentimes from the unlikeliest of places.

The Moth

The Moth Radio Hour
    Fifty true stories told on The Moth Radio Hour.

Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip

Lisa Robertson - 2005
    Collected by Elisa Sampedrin.Lisa Robertson writes poems that mine the past — its ideas, its personages, its syntax — to construct a lexicon of the future. Her poems both court and cuckold subjectivity by unmasking its fundament of sex and hesitancy, the coil of doubt in its certitude. Reading her laments and utopias, we realize that language — whiplike — casts ahead of itself a fortuitous form. The form brims here pleasurably with dogs, movie stars, broths, painting's detritus, Latin and pillage. Erudite and startling, the poems in Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip, occasional works written over the past fifteen years, turn vestige into architecture, chagrin into resplendence. In them, we recognize our grand, saddened century.

Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Suzy Kassem - 2010
    The granddaughter of a respected sage in 19th century Cairo, mysticism and wisdom run through her blood just as the water of the Nile flows through her veins."--P. [4] of cover.