After a marathon day of coding, Cordelia1564 completed the night’s VR-cast just in time to go live with it. She held her breath as her avatar disemboweled four Khazak horsemen with a stiletto she’d pinched from the harem master, hung their bodies from a tower, and decorated their nude backsides with pointillist designs copped from […]
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I grew up in an American household in which Christmas was observed with awe, merriment, and love. As Christians, we reverently set up the Nativity scene each year. We also waited excitedly for Santa Claus to come. I was the youngest of six children, who, together, observed our own Christmas morning rituals. Mom and Dad […]
Mary dangles, letting seawater leap over her boots. She’d happily hang here forever, where the ocean and the stars touch. A tangle of fishing net and kelp flops onto her foot and carries on falling, dragging her leg downwards. Tutting, she wriggles, but the net’s stuck fast, and in the end she has to use […]
Ms. Ann Foster, journalist and Africa’s imminent saviour, stands outside the hotel, sweltering in the hot sun. If history books are to say anything about her–and they definitely will when she succeeds–it will be that she, a brave soul, left the comfort of sweet Australia and its ravishing air for Africa’s toiling heat, moved by […]
A few months ago, we received a little story called “How to Win a Pulitzer.” It percolated its way to the top of the slush pile and landed in our monthly winnowing discussion. As the term implies, winnowed stories are the choicest kernels of wheat left behind after the less-desirable chaff has been blown away. […]
There is only one magic: the ritual of possession. Did my mother teach me this? Did it spring from insecurity and need? I just knew, though only four years old. I started small, with my neighbour’s cow. The beast blinked at me as I stumbled round it through dew-spangled grass. Once round, twice, three times […]
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