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Tuesday

Snappy Answer #2

As part of an ongo­ing series, we present some old Mad Mag­a­zine Snap­py Answers to Stu­pid Ques­tions. In the orig­i­nal, the last bub­ble was left blank, but for your enjoy­ment, we filled it in with our take. Enjoy.

Monday

Snappy Answer #1

As part of an ongo­ing series, we present some old Mad Mag­a­zine Snap­py Answers to Stu­pid Ques­tions. In the orig­i­nal, the last bub­ble was left blank, but for your enjoy­ment, we filled it in with our take. Enjoy.

Tuesday

Liberating by Jo-Anne Rosen

Dan’s worked out a search and cap­ture mis­sion to the largest tree lot in Oak­land, where one tree won’t be missed. He’s done the pre­lim­i­nary recon. Gina will be look-out. He’ll snatch the tree and tie it to the roof of the car.  “We don’t need a Christ­mas tree,” she says. “Where would we put it?” “Shit, […]

Tuesday

RUNNING AWAY DIARY by Avital Gad-Cykman

Mon­day I left a lit­tle late for work and hur­ried to the bus sta­tion, when I real­ized I couldn’t remem­ber where I worked. I looked at the route map and chose to go down­town. In one of the alleys, I met my son. He asked me what I was doing there. I told him I […]

Saturday

Tarantulas are slow but deliberate” by Anita Goveas

Aziza pulled at the heavy entrance door to the flat until it closed qui­et­ly. She picked up Hamid’s coat, brushed her hands over it and hung it up while putting her own coat away. She fold­ed her head­scarf into a square and put it in the near­by draw­er with her oth­er out­door scarves and mother’s […]

Friday

Sunday Focus: I Spent a Little Time on the Mountain

Pho­to by Meg Boscov [Editor’s Note: This ongo­ing Sun­day fea­ture pairs pho­tographs from Meg Boscov with a thought (or two) from the man­ag­ing edi­tor about focus­ing on tiny things to find some­thing sig­nif­i­cant. Click on the pic­ture itself to view at full size.]     Moun­tains, the dream read­ers tell us, rep­re­sent obsta­cles to be […]

Sunday

Flash Fiction Reprint: Enrique

by Jay Mer­ill Secret­ly, I feel there are two of me. The one you can see is fair­ly super­fi­cial but there’s this oth­er more thought­ful one you can’t. A sur­vival strat­e­gy. Since I arrived in the UK from Bogotá six months back I’ve been aware of this sec­ond self. I leap from the one me […]

Sunday

Succulent Sunday: A Lesson of Humility

Pho­to by Meg Boscov [Editor’s Note: This ongo­ing Sun­day fea­ture pairs pho­tographs from Meg Boscov with a thought (or two) from the man­ag­ing edi­tor about focus­ing on tiny things to find some­thing sig­nif­i­cant. Click on the pic­ture itself to view at full size.]     It’s Passover, and there’s so many things we might pass […]

Sunday

Succulent Sunday: The Little Things

Pho­to by Meg Boscov [Editor’s Note: This ongo­ing Sun­day fea­ture pairs pho­tographs from Meg Boscov with a thought (or two) from the man­ag­ing edi­tor about focus­ing on tiny things to find some­thing sig­nif­i­cant. Click on the pic­ture itself to view at full size.]   Beau­ty, they say, is in the eye of the behold­er. Here, […]

Saturday

Flash Fiction: Grandmasters of Flash AWP Panel, 1

As part of a pan­el on flash at AWP in Port­land, David Galef asked the three oth­er pan­el members—Nancy Stohlman, John Dufresne, and me—five ques­tions. I’ll be post­ing my answers to each for your enjoy­ment. Here’s the first. How does your book teach flash fic­tion? How is it dif­fer­ent from teach­ing good writ­ing tech­niques in gen­er­al? […]