• Reviews

    Listening to this album is the closest I'll ever come to the feeling of standing on the bow of a yacht, bowlegged in basketball shorts, with my majestic erection penetrating the ocean breeze.

  • 'Kama Sutra' Spells You Can Use

    Like many works of ancient literature, The Kama Sutra can be read a few different ways: you can view it as a window into the mind-set and customs of a long-departed culture, or you can take it to be a straightforward how-to guide to pretzel sex. Here are some excerpts (rem…

  • Bitches Be Writing: A History

    The first important modern writer with a vagina emerged out of nowhere, with an exaggerated, hyperbolic diary she called Pride and Prejudice, written when she was just 21 years old. As a result, universities all over the place now have feminist-lit departments. Here's a lo…

  • Out of the Pens of Babes

    Most writers have been honing their craft since they were old enough to think. In their early years, they produced the same adorable, odd pieces of writing you'd expect from kids who don’t understand the world. Here's a selection of unedited writing from up-and-coming young autho…

  • Malibu

    We sat in the recliners. I ate the cheesecake and my uncle ate the carrot cake. We watched the end of a movie called While You Were Sleeping. Then my uncle emptied his colostomy bag, while I sent that cheesecake down the toilet. I drank some coffee and went back to the toi…

  • White Trash

    I didn’t mean to make a baby with Scott in the closet, on ecstasy, the floor pulsing to the bass of the house music, strobe lights flickering through the crack under the door. Back rubs with agendas were happening everywhere. When I got pregnant, the whole goddamned thing collaps…

  • Case Study 2: Recognition of the Self

    When Christopher arrived for his first assessment he was not like a normal eight-year-old boy. When he spoke he used a fascinating mode of verbal communication, lacking the personal pronoun, and transposing “I” with “we.” “We want to go back to Lea,” he told me. He was referring…

  • Werewolf

    Last night, when the party was winding down and the group gathered to play Werewolf, Claire’s feet and hands began to sweat. And yet she announced to Hal, just loud enough for the circle of players to hear, that she was scared to death of being chosen as werewolf. That whoever wa…

  • Comics

    The Collectors

    You know how you go to a barber school for a cheap haircut only to learn you'll be worse off than when you were before and you'll have to go to an expensive salon just to repair the damage? Well, take it from me, watch out for the dental schools.

  • Candy with Knives

    Candice took a lot of drugs, but it had been a very long time since any of them came without the approval of the DEA. Sometimes for fun she pinched her thumb and pointer finger together as if holding a joint, put them to her lips, and inhaled slowly, filling her lungs with a toke…

  • Employees of the Month

    A. L. Major is a recent graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She is currently working on her novel Dismantle the Sun. She won a Hopwood and the Geoffrey James Gosling Prize for her work.

  • Happiness

    I suppose it was in Korea where I learned to be alone, which was why during the second year at home, I went to the retreat house to return to aloneness there. The house was so cold on the first night that the bottle of olive oil in the kitchen cabinet congealed. Then came that in…

  • Recipe Corner

    Here are some suggested dishes to accompany the stories in the 2013 Fiction Issue, directly from a few of the authors who wrote them.

  • A Teacher and Her Student

    Marilynne Robinson was my fourth and final workshop instructor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. After receiving my MFA this May, I left Iowa believing that there’s no good way to be taught how to write, to tell a story. But there is also no denying that Marilynne has made me a bett…

  • The Mare

    To feel so much through something I was not part of was, of course, lonely. I began to wonder if it had been a mistake not to have children, to wonder what would’ve happened if I’d met Paul when I was younger. The third time we had sex, he said, “I want to make you pregnant.” It…

  • Jailbait

    She met Jack at a party her stepmom was throwing for her dad. She was sitting alone in the corner, bored, when Jack sat next to her. He was wearing a suit without a tie and nice shoes. His eyes were a deep, obvious blue, like hers, and his hair was light brown. He looked young an…

  • "Last Words": A Statement from VICE

    A statement about our fashion spread "Last Words."

  • A Ghost Story

    Since the incident, I did not drink, due to a court order. Occasionally, however, I drank with my mother in small amounts, or alone at a place around the corner. I confessed this to Edward. I said, “Earlier tonight I had wine with my mother. Generally I don’t enjoy drinking wine…