The Bully of Order

An excerpt from the novel by Brian Hart
August 2014

Bigness required bound­aries but this water had none save the shore we stood upon and the end of my eyeball’s reach.

Henna House

By Nomi Eve
August 2014

I knew that the Confiscator was a bad man. I knew that my father hated and feared him.


The 2014 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program Award-winning short story by Laura Adamczyk
August 2014

Girls, the man said, I’ve got an itch.

Switchback, 1994

By Jack Livings
July 2014

The pool of blood had grown a custardy skin in the cold, so that as the wind blew, it strained and jiggled.

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas

By Marie-Helene Bertino
July 2014

Boys cross rooms for Georgie, who is full in the way they like. Foxy is the word for it, Sarina thinks, whereas she is foxless.

More Than This

By Tracey Rose Peyton
June 2014

The boys here looked past her, their eyes steadily transfixed on the procession of tight designer jeans and heels clicking through the quad regularly on the hour.

Who Can Shave Thirteen Times a Day

By Tracy O’Neill
June 2014

“I brushed Michael Bolton’s hair once,” I said, “and moisturized George Clooney too.”

Brest Fortress

By Vladimir Kozlov, translated from the Russian by Andrea Gregovich
June 2014

We walk along the forest on the side of the road. Onishchenko stops. “Give me your word, as one of the brothers, that you won’t tell anybody,” he says.


By Josh Weil
June 2014

They had never been this far out in the lake, this lost, this on their own.


By Josip Novakovich
May 2014

Instead of sobering up upon seeing the beheading, I went along with the hooligans. Hell, I was one of them.

What Lights Up the Night

By S. Hope Mills
May 2014

“This is how your parents have explained Paula’s coming: In Northern Ireland, the Protestants and Catholics are fighting.”

Waiting for the Electricity

By Christina Nichol
May 2014

In the beginning, when God was distributing the land to all the nations, we Georgians missed the meeting.

The Interactions

By Aaron Steven Miller
May 2014

Most people experience the fullness of what it means to be a person. Most people, but not him.

A Brave Pilot From the New China

Excerpts from a novel by Ernesto Semán, translated from the Spanish by Tara FitzGerald
April 2014

For many years I had thought about my father’s suicide, about his various possible suicides.

Someone Is There

By Jean McGarry
April 2014

Every profession had its misfits and mediocrities, but few attracted, as his did, the very people it was designed to help.

Last Words from Montmartre

By Qiu Miaojin, translated from the Chinese by Ari Larissa Heinrich
April 2014

The Taiwanese novelist’s story of a passionate relationship between two young women.

Love Struck

By Haifa Bitar, translated from the Arabic by Hannah Benninger
April 2014

I had never, in my whole life, been able to understand love as a sickness.

Ezekiel Saw the Wheel

By LaShonda Katrice Barnett
March 2014

A heart-fixer is he, there is nothing he does not see…

I Will Crawl to Raleigh If I Have to

By Lauren Holmes
March 2014

My mom and I were going to stop to break up with my boyfriend on our way to Emerald Isle, but the muffler fell off of my car right before we got to the exit we needed to take to Raleigh.

The Dead at the Table

By Antonio Tabucchi, translated from the Italian by Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani
March 2014

When he left home he always needed to find a Target, otherwise he felt lost.

The Lobster Kings

By Alexi Zentner
March 2014

I have two sisters, but I’m the one who works the ocean with Daddy, Cordelia Kings, heir to the throne.


By Sara Nović
February 2014

I do not trust these people, and they are not worth the embarrassment.

The Jealous Wife

Orally told by Um Khalaf; collected and translated by Mei ElGindi.
February 2014

“It’s over. I killed her,” he replied.

The Matiushin Case

Excerpt from the novel by Oleg Pavlov, and translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield
February 2014

I don’t bear the army any grudge. I think they did right to beat me.


An excerpt from the novel by Javier Mosquera, and translated from the Spanish by David Unger
February 2014

I gave strict instructions for two specialists to watch over you twenty-four hours a day.


By Mark Chiusano
January 2014

People around Red were saying they were going to charge Piggy with a hate crime.

Necessary Evil

By Mikhail Iossel
January 2014

Think of your being a Jew in terms of having been born with clubfoot: unfortunate, of course, but not the end of the world.

The Expedition to the Baobab Tree

By Wilma Stockenström, translated from the Afrikaans by J. M. Coetzee
December 2013

I had felt him in my blood vessels, for he had come to live in me and I had begun to smell like him, and with his eyes…

The World in the Evening

By Norman Lock
December 2013

To get to the point: last night an iceberg slid out of my mind and into the room, sheathing first the windows and then the walls with frost.

Crossing the Rio Grande

By Courtney Angela Brkic
December 2013

“The Pacific Ocean,” he was telling their children through the rearview mirror, “is greater than the Atlantic. Many creatures are living there.”

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