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Parts and Labor by Halimah Marcus
Blue Bike

The first time I saw Jane I was working at the bike shop, a veritable cacophony of grease and gunk I only survived by occupying my hands. Bikes had a purpose that had nothing to do with me—every part fit together properly so my mind could remain free and unviolated. Her left knee was scrapped, with pieces of pavement lodged in the wound. The sight disrupted my hard-earned equilibrium. I tried not to look, but it was too late. I had already imagined retrieving the bits of bloody gravel from her abrasion and rolling them like candy on my tongue.

Parts and Labor by Halimah Marcus
Blue Bike

The first time I saw Jane I was working at the bike shop, a veritable cacophony of grease and gunk I only survived by occupying my hands. Bikes had a purpose that had nothing to do with me—every part fit together properly so my mind could remain free and unviolated. Her left knee was scrapped, with pieces of pavement lodged in the wound. The sight disrupted my hard-earned equilibrium. I tried not to look, but it was too late. I had already imagined retrieving the bits of bloody gravel from her abrasion and rolling them like candy on my tongue.

The Approach by Michael Baptist
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At the appointed time, the team members left their rooms and followed Phillip’s directions. They walked down the hallway and up the stairs to a room at the end of the corridor.

Heart Beats by Nora Lange
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“What’s a dinner party without a bit of schadenfreude?”

The World’s Second-Oldest Woman by Maxwell Paparella
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No one lives every day as the person they want to be. It is rare that a full hour should pass in such a feeling.

Issue #152: Michael in Light Colors by Marie-Helene Bertino
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Constellate and Create: A Conversation by Peter Kispert, Nicolette Polek & Mary South
Peter Kispert Nicollete  Polek Mary South

The writers on their debut short story collections, artifice as truth, and how music can teach you to write a sentence.

Having a Good Time: Souvankham Thammavongsa Interviewed by Zach Davidson
How To Pronounce Knife

On her debut story collection, happy refugees, and why personal biography isn’t art.

The Imprecation by Kathryn Scanlan
Kathryn Scanlan, The Dominant Animal

A short story from the collection The Dominant Animal.

Work as Life: Hilary Leichter Interviewed by Diane Cook
Temporary

The writer on when the short story becomes a novel, writing about the gig economy, and claiming new meanings for words.

Freefall by Amelia Gray

When she was twenty, the woman didn’t think much about skydiving at all. It was an exotic concept and felt far from her life as it was, though on her walks to class she passed plenty of women her age wrapped in rigging, practicing their barrel rolls on the soccer field.

A Woman Object (Exploding) by Lidia Yuknavitch
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Goddamn it to motherfucking hell, she says. I think that ought to cover it, he says. He asks her why she feels the need to swear so much, so deliberately, what depends on it, why it’s so important to her. Why, after so long, she hasn’t grown tired. Worn out in the mouth.

The Dead by Ayşe Papatya Bucak
Rion Amilcar Scott by Lincoln Michel
The World Doesnt Require You Bomb Magazine

The World Doesn’t Require You, with its fabulist interrogations of American history, imagines a Maryland town founded by members of the only successful American slave revolt.

Sanssouci by Alexandra Gauss
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Winner of BOMB’s 2019 Fiction Contest, selected by Renee Gladman.

From Thirty Taken by Jesse Ball
Two Stories by Diane Williams

Did she have a deep cut?

The Genuine Alacrity of Things by Evelyn Hampton

He knows where a man’s heart is on display…

Bernard: A Character Study by Peter Orner
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They found my mother’s first cousin frozen in a rented cabin up in New Hampshire, not far from where he’d gone to prep school. A smart kid, Bernard enrolled at Harvard on a math scholarship in the fall of 1973.

The Horror Is What We Don’t Yet Know (and Maybe Never Will): Brian Evenson Interviewed by Rob Goyanes
Brian Evenson

The writer on his new short story collection, creating realistic characters that don’t always change, and how fatherhood has impacted his relationship to language.

A Throw of the Dice by Lucy Ives

When we were first married, he went out and bought a ball gag.

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