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HIS WIFE LEAVES HIM by Stephen Dixon (excerpt)

HIS WIFE LEAVES HIM by Stephen Dixon (excerpt)

This is one of his favorite memories of her. He’d just got off the elevator on her floor, was going to ring her doorbell. He had a key to her apartment, which she’d given him a few weeks before—two months after they’d started seeing each other—but it still didn’t feel right using it if he […]

THREE POEMS by Marilyn L. Taylor

THREE POEMS by Marilyn L. Taylor

On Learning, Late in Life, that Your Mother Was a Jew                           Methuselah something.  Somethingsomething Ezekiel.                                                                                                 —Albert Goldbarth So that explains it, you say to yourself. And for one split second, you confront the mirror like a Gestapo operative— narrow-eyed, looking for the telltale hint, the giveaway (jawline, profile, eyebrow)— something visible […]

3QR Author Note: STEPHEN DIXON

Some fiction I take almost whole from my life, some fiction I take almost whole from my imagination. My imagination is part of my life, of course, but the unlived part of it. So: whatever inspires a piece of fiction can come moments after I’ve finished experiencing it or can suddenly arise intact from my […]

3QR AUTHOR BIOS / 2012

3QR AUTHOR BIOS / 2012

Jessica Anya Blau is the author of the highly praised novel, Drinking Closer to Home.  Target stores featured Drinking Closer to Home in their Breakout Author series. Blau’s first novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, was selected as a Best Summer Book by the Today Show, The New York Post and New York Magazine. […]

BUZZY IN VERMONT by Jessica Anya Blau

BUZZY IN VERMONT by Jessica Anya Blau

 * For my grandparents: Jimmie and Arlie Robitzer *      Buzzy had a Volkswagen Bug that Shecky Freeman sold him for $380.00. There was a hole the size of a saucer in the floor of the backseat.   When Louise turned in her seat, looked down at the hole and watched the grey and brown road […]

TWO POEMS by Edward Perlman

TWO POEMS by Edward Perlman

THE BUS STOP PARK Of all the crazy things I’ve seen along the path that hacks the corner off the bus stop park, a plot of die-hard ivy beneath a gingko tree where bits of colored glass shimmer like jewels the forty thieves have dropped, this one takes the cake. Trust me; I’ve seen some […]

CAPTAIN’S COFFEE by Charles Talkoff

CAPTAIN’S COFFEE by Charles Talkoff

He worked for a long time as the skipper of a fishing boat out of Alaska and when I knew him he was one of those almost old men you meet from time to time usually in bars that have gone from pleasant to seedy when you weren’t looking; the type of man who was […]