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Winter is the season of the year in the northern hemisphere, while the fall is the season of the year in the southern hemisphere

The fall is in fact the opposite of winter; all other seasons are compensations for the loss of the summer. Fall is the most intense period of the year, that is, the season when...

Luke got on the phone with Private Roberts

“I was told that you all could see me,” he said quietly. “So I just wanted to let you know that I'll be back in a few moments. I'll tell them that I received...

In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist Sharmila Tagore reflects on being a dreamer

An author friend told me about “dream worlds.” She had come across them in a fantasy novel. They were places that existed somewhere on the spectrum between “real” world and “virtual” world. For instance,...

I went to my dream job

Answering the phone. Answering the phone. Answering the phone. You know what I need? A job where I’m the boss. I need to know what’s going on, and if I have a hand in...

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...

The first time I saw him in the restaurant, he just sat and stared at me

I watched for a minute, waiting for him to tell me what he wanted. Did he want to talk business or something? Did he want to talk about what I knew, what I had...

My daughter Genevive was born eight months ago

For the first month of her life, Genevive slept soundly and never cried. After that, she slept through the night. She sleeps now at the drop of a diaper, with no pain. She sleeps...

Ford put the car in gear

He hit the steering wheel a few times with his left hand. He wished he’d put on his right hand. That would make the work a little easier. He hated waving his arms around,...

This is the first picture of Evey

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

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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...