Nancy Hale’s story about the dangers of poisonous political ideologies is surprisingly relevant to our current moment.
Bryan Washington’s story is about a veteran drug dealer who becomes a kind of surrogate father to an undocumented Guatemalan teen.
Elise Levine, sui generis.
Binyavanga Wainaina’s story is about the performative cultural roles people are expected to play.
Adrian Michael Kelly uses a train ride as a means to examine a character who is much less upright than he at first appears.
Ray Russell’s 1961 modern Gothic tale has lost none of its power to shock its reader.
Tyler Keevil’s brief two-hander is a parable about what it takes to be an artist.
Chavisa Woods’s expressionistic story is about feeling like an outcast in the place you were born.
31 Days of Stories 2020, Day 21: “For Smokers Only” by Julio Ramón Ribeyro; Katherine Silver, trans.
Peruvian writer Julio Ramón Ribeyro’s semi-autobiographical story investigates the metaphysical pleasures a smoker finds in cigarettes.
Souvankham Thammavongsa’s story is a multi-layered tale of a former boxer who takes a job at his sister’s nail salon.