The Fiction Issue 2010

  • Employees Of The Month

    Time and pot.

  • Edward Albee

    I arrived at Edward Albee’s Tribeca loft at 10 AM. The playwright’s last name is printed clearly next to his buzzer. His voice rumbled through the intercom: “Who is this?” I told him. Silence.

  • Nicola Six From London Fields*

    Photographer: Tom Beard, Stylist: Sam Voulters

  • Welcome

    I finally figured it out and I said it: You want me to leave? I said this because I did have small evidences. The day before they had gotten a little meaner, one of them especially, the bigger one, the one who had earlier been my champion.

  • Charles Burns

    The author and artist behind uncannily creepy comic books like Black Hole, Big Baby, and Skin Deep. In his work, he’s created a world that feels like an eerie parallel to those of David Lynch and some of Lovecraft.

  • Janus

    “Well, that wasn’t too bad,” David West muttered as he put the car in gear and pulled out onto the high seacoast road. He was speaking, more or less, to his wife, Vivian, beside him, concerning the ease with which they had just passed the Ventimiglia...

  • Hey Rube!

    There were some people with Cameron’s Circus whom the corrosion of years could not rob of fine qualities. But the greater number were thieves, liars and embryo eggs. Desperadoes known as “cannons,” “dips” and “guns” followed us to every town.

  • Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker?

    During the 70s and 80s, bisexual former stripper and groundbreaking author Kathy Acker penned a series of post-punk rewrites of classics such as Great Expectations, Huckleberry Finn and Don Quixote, with added abortion, rape, incest, and pornography.

  • I’m Worried About My Anxiety

    I had lost my shoes; I had to leave immediately, my students were waiting; my assistant already had the exams in their hands; class started at 9:00 and, I saw on my alarm clock, it was 9:15, now 9:16.

  • Two Stories

    Gina Berriault was not just a writer’s writer. She was a writer’s writer’s writer’s writer.

  • Two Stories

    Gina Berriault was not just a writer’s writer. She was a writer’s writer’s writer’s writer.

  • Bryan Garner

    He was David Foster Wallace’s favorite grammarian, and that, for savvy grammar fascists under the age of 40, is like a recommendation from Jesus.