April 14th, 2014
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from sarahmarian's short story, "Balcony":

In place of Theo, there was a rather incongruous movie poster for the latest zombie film Paul Goodrich’s company had released. The undead faces leered at Carl. He scooted backwards until he felt the wall behind him.

“Are you sure it’s okay? To be in here?” he asked.

He was told to lighten up.

“Are we smoking weed or something?” He fiddled with the buttons on his sleeves.

 “Better.” Alice kicked off her high heels and crawled under the desk—Carl tried not to stare at her long, sturdy legs, smooth and hairless and browned by the sun or self-tanner.

“Still here,” whispered Alice. She reached over the desk to show them her hands full of orange pill bottles. She examined the labels, wrenched open the tops of two and spilled the small white orbs onto her hands, counting, then distributed the booty as if it were one of her daily tasks.

Alice leaned in close to him. “Believe me, no matter how lame Maya acts these days, she’s been in here and taken these.” He believed it, remembering Maya at the beginning of their relationship: down for anything, he told his friends. When had her shrugs of “why not?” mutated into shrugs asking “why do I have to?”

Alice’s lips were bright and full, her teeth gleamed. She knelt so that her breasts, immense, pillowy and red-draped, sat even with his eyes. He held out a hand, swallowed the pills without protest or query. He conjured an image of Maya, young and skinny, popping Vicodin here as a teenager. Now she would swaddle her body in a chenille blanket, weeping as she flipped pages. Had he triggered the change in her? No, impossible. Her friend had died, her dad had left; it had caught up to her in the past few months, just happenstance. It had to be that.

April 9th, 2014
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She always patted the seat beside her with nonchalance, yet it always made him feel like she had reserved the space for him.
April 9th, 2014
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April 2nd, 2014
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Joan Didion returned to New York gradually. “I don’t know why we moved back to New York,” she told the New York Times in 2005, admitting that she and her husband had felt “kind of restless.” New York moves fast, demands that you keep up with it. It’s a place where it’s easy to lose yourself in the conversations, the feelings, and the pursuits of others. For many, that’s a reason for leaving, but my own brand of restlessness seems to demand that lost feeling. It’s the only way to reach those lonely parts of the brain.

Here is the thing - the obvious thing - about New York: It’s a fucking complicated place to live. The rent is high and the good people are hard to find and it is simultaneously the most rewarding and most maddening place to make art. That never changes, but our persistence in going out and finding the things that make it worth it does. We give up on New York long, long before it ever gives up on us. There is no clean, triumphant return; there is only a feeling of displacement everywhere else that sends you creeping back the way that you came.

flynnwaslike, “On Returning”

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March 27th, 2014
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Check out flynnwaslike's new nonfiction, "On Returning," at fwriction : review, and listen to her song choice for the Waffle-Rocking Playlist!

Check out flynnwaslike's new nonfiction, "On Returning," at fwriction : review, and listen to her song choice for the Waffle-Rocking Playlist!

March 21st, 2014
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In terms of connections, New York is the smallest city in America. It makes coincidence feel like fate.
Sarah Flynn, “On Returning
March 18th, 2014
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And surprisingly, you are thankful for this silly rejection, for the things it made you feel and for the words it helped you write.
Reblogged from Danny Goodman
March 14th, 2014
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On-the-go? Check out the new issue of fwriction : reviewflynnwaslike has gorgeous new #nonfiction, "On Returning," — on your mobile device or tablet!

March 12th, 2014
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And here Apollonia stopped writing. For something had happened, she knew, and she knew it with a profound absoluteness she had for nothing else in her life.   There was a difference between species, no doubt about it. From her turned-out hips to her brain, her body spelled out the difference between herself and the redheaded volunteer janitor. She knew all about evolution. The German Primatologist had explained everything: like it or not, she was its emblem, the last branch to depart from the human tree. There was no crossing that morphological line now. It was like a firewall, a whole series of firewalls between their DNA. But she, she was not her DNA, nor her rickety hips, nor her even her brain. With her bowled legs she had stepped right over that firewall, not genetically, but with her consciousness, its great capacity for love and compassion, yes, love and compassion for an acne-ed teenager, and even for herself.

And her heart had alit on the janitor. She braced herself for the loss.

from Martha Otis’ “Apollonia at the Retirement Home for Great Apes”

March 6th, 2014
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He placed her carefully in the hammock, courteously trying to keep it from swinging the already dizzy Apollonia. And, though their bodies had been pressed together barely thirty seconds, and though he stood but six inches away, she missed him already.
March 6th, 2014
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dannygoodmanwriting:

"We’re told that the micromovements of the mind and heart don’t matter, but we know better. They’re everything."

—George Saunders at the 2014 Story Prize Ceremony, 3/5/14

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