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My Lunch with the 'God of Story'

We caught up with screenwriting guru Robert McKee, whose new book, 'Dialogue,' proves he should be required reading for storytellers of any kind.
River Donaghey

Icelandic Knitwear Collection Tells the Tale of Two Sweaters in Love

Icelandic fiber artist Ýr Jóhannsdóttir unveils an adorable sweater collection based on a love story.
Andrew Salomone

Tender Animated Short Tells the Tale of a Girl, a Whale, and Courage

Not quite a music video, a sonic tale gets visualized in Rebecca Meilak's new work for composer Aleah Morrison-Basu.
Nathaniel Ainley
Stranger Than Flicktion

Falling in Love with an Ice Cream Man Is About More than a Big Cone

He asked me to go home with him to play Pop Pop, a game much like the food sex scene in <i>9½ Weeks</i> but using only scoops of pink bubble-gum ice cream to eat, blow up, and pop on each other’s goose-pimpled skin while rolling around in the mud.
Kimberly Nichols

Why the Villain of ‘Quantum Break’ Is Its Real Hero

Paul Serene is "the bad guy" in Remedy's new shooter. But the way the story plays out, he's more in the right than the hero trying to stop him.
Ian Stokes

Dildo Deaths, Bullfighting and Drug Psychosis: How One Local Paper is Integral to Its Community

The local paper may be dying an internet-related death, but they know their audience better than SEO ever could.
Charles Olafare
Longreads Or Whatever

How Tyler The Creator's ‘Cherry Bomb’ Fits Into Our Conspiracy Theory About His ‘WOLF’ Trilogy

The WOLF trilogy ended with “Sam is Dead” – with the video for the track showing each of Tyler the Creator’s alter egos meeting their downfall - and Cherry Bomb begins straight after.
Ryan Bassil

Ibrahim Alfa: Buddhist Jailbird, Former Techno Star and Son of an African Dictator's Sidekick (Part 1)

This guy is not your average techno producer.
Joe Muggs and Ibrahim Alfa

Dangerous Unhappy Things: A True Ghost Story

I should make it clear that I have a lot of experience with ghosts. I have been seeing them since I was a child, when a small yellow gnome crawled up my leg and told me the year I would die.
Clancy Martin

Summer/Autumn - New Fiction by Ben Brooks

Ben told us this story is one hundred percent true.
Ben Brooks
The Fiction Issue 2013


We sat in the recliners. I drank coffee. Sometimes I stuck my finger down my throat.
Ottessa Moshfegh
The Fiction Issue 2013

Case Study 2: Recognition of the Self

When Christopher arrived for his first assessment he was not like a normal eight-year-old boy.
Sarah Hall