Our Stories |ou(ə)r; är| story 1 |ˈstôrē| |ˈstɔri|(pl. -ries)
• Home of the hardest working staff on the Internet.
• Where you send out your short story and someone actually tells you what they think of it.
• Workshoppers extraordinaire.
• Publishers of fine fiction and great interviews with authors.
• Found at http://www.ourstories.us
Today I read Mike Lacher's "I'm Comic Sans, Asshole," and was fully delighted. My lust of words and conviction that life is worthwhile have been renewed.
"Listen up. I know the shit you've been saying behind my back. You think I'm stupid. You think I'm immature. You think I'm a malformed, pathetic excuse for a font. Well think again, nerdhole, because I'm Comic Sans, and I'm the best thing to happen to typography since Johannes fucking Gutenberg."
"In a nod to the realities of the digital age — and, in particular, the competition from the hugely popular Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools, company executives said."
"Of all the masculine ways the military taught me to destroy, it was ironic that my most destructive act would be particularly feminine. I had not expected to kill anybody in the first place, not so soon after the end of the Vietnam War, but at nineteen, I did not yet know what I was capable of doing."
Having worked with her at Our Stories workshop and literary journal, and having read her work previously, it was a pleasant surprise to come across Elizabeth Kadetsky's work of nonfiction "The Memory Pavilion" in the always-stellar Post Road Magazine. The piece features the writer reflecting on dreams of a childhood apartment.
"Our building accounted for the largest single demographic of students at the elementary school, and took up a whole block. With the pretension intrinsic to the moment, it had been named The Pavilion."
The narrative centers on the health and declining memory of the writer's mother, who is described as dying a little bit more each day, and who is being taken care of by an older sister. Phone calls and the tension and stress inherent in these kinds of threesomes exude through the narrative's tone as well as through episodes sometimes explained through the prism of yogic concepts.
A densely meaningful, extremely worthwhile read. Check this out.