The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week Archive

The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Birthright” by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson

Author: | Categories: Reading No comments
I believed in ghosts as a kid. Since then, I’ve wondered why I wasn’t ever fascinated by the lore of other supernatural creatures. I think it’s in large part because ghosts—unlike angels, demons, vampires, or werewolves—didn’t seem to have such a strict set of rules governing their existence. In

The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Not Like What You Said” by Debbie Urbanski

Author: | Categories: Reading No comments
The older I get, the more I notice that my handwriting resembles my mother’s. Her cursive is so even, consistent, and precise that her letters and grocery lists look like they’ve been typed up on the computer and printed out. My handwriting isn’t like that—it’s sloppy and irregular—but when

The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “My Wife, in Converse” by Shelly Oria

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
Stories written in the first person are supposed to be more intimate and allow us greater access to the emotions and thoughts of the narrator than second or third person. But what about the characters who aren’t eager or able to articulate their feelings? What happens when we give

The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “An Animal Under the Ground” by Steven T. Gibbon

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
I think most of us who have ever had customer-facing jobs can say: dear god, it’s exhausting. Human beings, while resourceful and tenacious, are made of meat and therefore susceptible to all manner of physical and mental abuse. There’s only so much we can handle. After long enough, having

The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Fear Itself” by Katie Coyle

Author: | Categories: Reading No comments
There’s a lot to love about Katie Coyle‘s story “Fear Itself,” published in the most recent issue of One Story. To start, Coyle is so spot-on in her depiction of teenage girls that about a page in, I took out my phone and snapped a quick picture of a

The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Prayer for the moth, but also for the spider” by Caitlin Horrocks

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
I can’t tell you the last time I prayed. At least, not in the way that the narrator does in Caitlin Horrocks‘ recent story, “Prayer for the moth, but also for the spider,” in issue 21 of Memorious. I spent twelve years in Catholic school, so I can recite a mean

The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Buried Voice” by Angie Kim

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
I don’t often love stories told from the perspective of kids. I think it’s difficult to write a child that feels believable—or interesting, to be honest. For me, stories with a child or teenage narrator too often devolve into the overly cute. The narrator is too precious. The character’s

The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Come to Bratislava!” by Benjamin Reed

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 1 Comment
I knew I was into Benjamin Reed’s story “Come to Bratislava!” in Big Fiction when the main character, a forty-three year old man named Edgar, makes an observation about the phrase “You are my rock.” I’ve never liked this way of articulating someone’s importance and essentiality—hearing it uttered usually

The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Three Small Town Stories” by Dinah Cox

Author: | Categories: Reading No comments
I’ve recently become friends with a new handful of people, and out of this group, one woman in particular. Then, over the last weekend, I got to see some old friends from grad school, and in talking about our lives and the new people we’ve met since we graduated,

The Best Story I Read in a Lit Mag This Week: “Creative Writing Instructor Evaluation Form” by April Wilder

Author: | Categories: Reading 1 Comment
Last week I came into the office where I work, sat down, ate an enormous bagel, and laughed so hard that the guy sitting behind me wheeled his chair over to my desk and said, “What’s so funny?” I pointed at my screen where April Wilder’s story “Creative Writing