Laughing and Turning Away by Patrick Holloway

Laughing and Turning Away by Patrick Holloway

The first time I had a gun pointed at me I was 14 and I ran home crying, and my brother laughed at me, calling me burra, saying I’d better get used to it. I didn’t know if he meant getting used to seeing guns or getting used to being stupid.

The Anatomy of Todd Melkin by Catherine Malcynsky

The Anatomy of Todd Melkin by Catherine Malcynsky

After seeing an episode of Law & Order in which a mother murdered her infant child by forcing it to swallow a kitchen sponge, forty-one-year-old Todd Melkin was even more convinced that he had a tumor in his brain. 

Show and Tell by Miriam Cohen

Show and Tell by Miriam Cohen

Yael’s parents ask if she has any questions, and she does, but she suspects they aren’t the right ones. She wants to know if she will have two toothbrushes now or if she will bring the same one back and forth, its bristles wrapped in shredding tissue to keep from getting germy.

A Working Theory of Stellar Collapse by Sam Miller Khaikin

Mwela has a lot of theories. He tells you about them each night after dinner, after the fish fryers have cooled and the last of the ugali is scraped from the tabletops...