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A long time ago, there was a big black spot in the sky

A huge black spot appeared in the sky. The black spot grew bigger to form a disc shape. It increased its size as though to destroy the whole sky. It increased its size, and...

I’m sitting on the beach with a bottle of Corona

My heart pounds on my chest and I’m in a constant state of shock. I’ve never been prouder of any child. I’ve never been this relieved to have a daughter. This motherfucker is on...

In our series of letters from African-American journalists, novelist and writer Dora narrates her story of growing up black in New York City

I think back to last winter, with my family in an old house on the shore of New York City’s Hudson River. The snow was piled around the deck and a little brown dog...

On my way to work, I decided that I would stop at a market to buy some bread, milk, and fresh vegetables

I did not have my cellphone (I’m not going to carry it), so I stopped at the first gas station I saw, filled the tank up at a convenience store, and then drove a...

Beth stood on the beach, gazing out over the vast expanse of sea that lay before her

As she drew closer she could see the line of a river bisecting the beach into seemingly endless rows of stone-faced rock that looked like they were relics of a prehistoric civilization that had...

This is the first picture of Evey

Her name is Genevive. Her dad, grandma, and I call her Genevive. Everyone else calls her Evey....

Tommy LaFontaine lived in a world where books read people

To escape the world that Tommy lived in, he had to find another place, and that's where he found the perfect escape. In the library, Tom searched for entries that would help him to...

“Angie,” I said, “you’re not a talkative fellow

Angie laughed. “You’re not exactly a talkative fellow,” she said. I couldn’t imagine her talking to customers. She never did. “I like to say ‘the customer is always right,’” someone had once said. “Yeah,”...

“It’s real, Declan

He didn't smile. "Real. It's real, but there's a bunch of people who would kill us if they saw us now." He slammed my gear on the ground with his foot, and showed me...

What makes you love what you do?

I'm curious about this: a lot of my friends and I have said the phrase "you should do what you love" to one degree or another, or "do what you truly love", or perhaps...

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Tommy’s mission was to escape from the waking world

He needed to figure out a way to get back to his own body, so that he could complete his mission without having to go through the motions of a waking life. There was...

Beth stood atop the headland, watching the waves crash gently onto the ocean, feeling suddenly as if she was being pulled away from herself,...

Yet as she gazed out into an ocean that seemed to beckon as an unknown singer sang a song of longing, Beth felt suddenly as if she had been the one to place the...

The green eyes looked at Danielle, and then at the knight

“Sorry,” Danielle said, as she saw the last of the needles float out of sight, and the wall in front of the knight collapsed. She looked back down at the green eyes. “Is it...
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