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UNDERSTUDY by B.J. Hollars

UNDERSTUDY by B.J. Hollars

THIS IS THE ONE WHERE YOU SAY YES I get in my car and drive to you.  You are not far, and when I sneak from my house in the nighttime, the motion light forgets its sacred duty.  I am a shadow, but soon I am a shadow in a car, and then I am […]

A QUARTET OF GHOSTS by Ann Eichler Kolakowski

A QUARTET OF GHOSTS by Ann Eichler Kolakowski

I. Charles Keys: At the Wheelwright’s Shop My job was one of arcs and angles, anxious folks preparing for a journey (theirs or someone else’s).                                 Wagon wheels demand precision, while the dead absolve a coffin’s hasty corner. Hacksaw, rasp, and […]

TWO ARNIE STORIES by Philip Sultz

TWO ARNIE STORIES by Philip Sultz

SPAGHETTI RUN I’m living in Buffalo, going to art school. Arnie calls. He says, you ever been to New York?  I tell him, not yet.  He says I’m going tomorrow, do you want to go?  I say sure. He picks me up and drives all night. We hit a few rest stops, and then on […]

SIGNS ALONG THE ROAD by Jennifer Holden Ward

SIGNS ALONG THE ROAD by Jennifer Holden Ward

My plane touched down late. I’d spent most of the flight scouring Lonely Planet, searching for Hostel Bekai in Costa Rica where I was to meet Nick, a pierced, truck-driving Englishman I’d met backpacking in Australia in 1999.  We’d traveled together briefly Down Under, mostly short jaunts to scenic places or bus trips to the […]

DISSONANCE by Dario DiBattista

DISSONANCE by Dario DiBattista

The bassist finds the pulse of the music and manages it like a pacemaker. I’ve seen him before—it seems his innate ability to stoke the groove and own it has made him a staple in whatever music scene exists in this Connecticut college town. The drummer is crisp and poppy in his performance. With his […]

3QR Author Note: CHARLES TALKOFF

Finding Fiction out of Fact: I do not remember where I read the line (or who said it though doubtless it was a smart writer of one kind or another) but apparently someone figured out you should be able to make an Odyssey out of your daily newspaper. True enough, I think, only I would […]

PUTTING MY FOOT DOWN by Brandi Dawn Henderson

PUTTING MY FOOT DOWN by Brandi Dawn Henderson

While having dinner with my friend Rebecca last night at an outdoor cafe, I came to this conclusion: I do not have to be kind to the foot fetish man. This is perhaps, to most people, obvious. I, on the other hand, am more idealistic than most. I have a lotus tattooed on my right […]