In Renee Swindle’s breezy third novel, A Pinch of Oooh La La (August 5th/ Penguin-Random House) narrator Abbey Lincoln Ross, discovers that her artist boyfriend is having multiple affairs while watching a documentary about him at a film festival. After suffering this spectacular public humiliation, Abbey pours all of all her energy into her Oakland…
My mind, that 92 city bus puttering and bouncing up Glendale Boulevard: She looked good, stepping to the curb; that hair, that body, her hair smelled like strawberries, and her smile, a beautiful woman. I linger around the bus stop, as my mind twists and turns. A man with greasy hair, wearing a dirty jump…
Contrary to popular belief the answer is always B, not C. At least this appears to be the case when Jack asks me for help. But it’s not really a request as much as an agreed upon understanding.
When the young poet lost sensation in his legs, they put him in a wheelchair. If the weather was fair, they pushed him out onto the porch with a notebook and pen. There he recorded the world going by.
I sat down with Richard Kramer, the Emmy and multiple Peabody award-winning writer, in his North Hollywood home to talk about writing his intimate debut novel, These Things Happen.
Oh yes I remember her. They called her Clara for her pale skin and silvery eyes. All of them agreed that it was the most beautiful name in the English language. It reminded the men of clarity or clear or the many other words reserved for her and her only.
Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novels, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, and The Biology of Luck (2013).
Punk rock was an endless checkpoint of boots, fists, and teeth. A strong kick by an aptly placed Doc Marten rang more than bells: it rang true. Because we came from a new line of dumb ideas, just like our parents promised.
Earlier, when we were having sex, your mind wandered to that time you were a lifeguard at a waterpark back in Temecula, just out of high school, the many hours spent watching the blue clean symphony of aquatic afternoon play perched on the plastic seat of a lifeguard stand, thighs glued there sticky with sweat…
“This is not good,” Sam Gregory thought waking from uneasy dreams. He let out a cluck that caught himself by surprise. Below his bedroom, in the kitchen, his family heard the cluck and ran up to see a giant chicken in Sam’s bed. The Gregory family was so poor, they mostly ate bread and potatoes.