FICTION FROM THE CENTER FOR FICTION
from The Long Fire | Meghan Tifft
We were born into punishment, my brother and I, our mere existence implicating us. My mother had given it a kind of religious ceremony in our lives, lifted it to a creative and mystifying act that passed through her from somewhere else...
Travel Tips | Manuel Martinez
You should travel as lightly as is possible, of course, and all manner of products can help you do so: quick-drying underwear and powdered soaps and shampoos, odor-resistant shirts, blankets as thin as tissue paper, and jackets that can be stuffed into pouches that fit in the palm of your hand. Buy them all.
Nailed | Alan Cheuse
After a restless night—one of many in a restless year--when he awoke several times feeling that he was on the verge of something, a cold, or an allergy attack or who knew what? a perplexed Bill Wicker called in sick—and after a lazy morning of looking at the newspaper and the weather channel and drinking one cup of French Roast after another, he allowed Marcie, his wife of two years, to talk him into driving her down to the nail salon.
by Tom Piazza
To finish up our series of essays on "Why Fiction Matters," writer Tom Piazza gives us a wry dialogue about the state of fiction today.
These essays were commissioned by The Center as part of our Fiction Futures project intended to engage readers and writers in a discussion of the importance of fiction in contemporary life.
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The Other Stories
The Center is pleased to let you know about a fantastic new podcast, The Other Stories. It's a podcast for new, emerging, and struggling writers. Each episode features a work of fiction read by the author set to an originallly composed soundtrack. Following the reading, host Ilana Masad interviews the writers about their fiction, their work, and their writing lives.
Check out their new episode featuring "How Long My Body Was" by Kiley Reid.
by Geneviève Mathis
published in Gone Lawn
From our first group of NYC Emerging Writer Fellows comes this story from issue 19 of Gone Lawn. Enjoy!