Web Exclusive Interview: Michael Czyzniejewski

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In August, we published a Web Exclusive story, “Monster,” that seemed fitting (given that it was playground season and all) and creepy. But not creepy in the way you’d think—the unexpected twist of this story lodges itself in the place where our inadequacies lie, and it’s comforting to be so recognized, isn’t it? We talked to author Michael Czyzniejewski about this last month. […]

Bourbon and Milk: Notebook to Nightcap

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Bourbon and Milk is an ongoing series that dives into the perplexing spaces parenting sometimes pushes us and explores the unexpected ways writers may grow in them. If you’re interested in joining the conversation or contributing a Bourbon and Milk post, query Giuseppe Taurino at giuseppe@americanshortfiction.org. — It’s five a.m., and I’m thinking of how my […]

The Tobacconist

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George searched his pockets for change, cluttering the counter with lint and pen caps, a crumpled tissue, pausing to clean his glasses while the tobacconist waited at the open register. It was the tobacconist he cared about, not the neatly lined cigars he had thumbed through moments earlier. George could see the smoke shop from his kitchen window, and last week had watched the tobacconist as he emerged and stood on the street corner in a pouring rain, until his coat was drenched through and rain coursed from his hat. […]

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