John Tenniel

Basement Cat

Grandpa said: When I was a young man I lived in the city, in one apartment or another. Once I ...
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Martha Musil

Lady Wilhelmina’s Tale

As some of you know, I am a metropolitan sophisticate disguised temporarily as a rustic hayseed. The town I live ...
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Tales of Old Chinatown (II)

Not long ago, I watched a production of Ionesco’s play, ‘The Bald Soprano’ on Youtube. This is a classic example ...
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Rondel

Filomena having told her story, the queen commended her, and bade Gabriele speak. He said it was his purpose to ...
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The Forest of M.

All the things that are happening now – the pandemic, the war in Syria, bush fires in Australia, Brexit, the ...
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The Date

He lives outside the city walls. But the suburbs are no refuge now. He does not understand what is happening ...
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The Portal

Subject: Day 19 of 2nd region wide ‘recalibrated’ lockdown
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Time started: 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Location: West of the Capital He left ...
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An Exam

This non-fiction piece describes events that took place in the mid-eighties in Communist Romania when both abortion and contraception were ...
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Regard Everything as a Dream

Ernesto sat across from his wife, Maria, on the balcony of their apartment in Rome, sipping wine. In spite of ...
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Post Hanc…

This story is a slightly fictionalized, but nonetheless, highly accurate account of a conversation that occurred between myself and a ...
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The Cage

Editor's Note: If you are viewing this story on a mobile device, turn the device horizontally to view it in ...
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Nabokov id. 19

They’d been watching Kinton a while: he seemed distracted but distracted in a way that suggested he was listening as ...
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Lost Loves Night at Sara’s Virtual Wine Club

Sara went next. She twirled the Merlot in her glass for a moment, then leaned in toward her web cam: ...
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Outcaste

How long have I been here? A mere week yet the question sets off vertigo. Time moves in opposite directions: ...
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Dugout

René Vne, being neither here nor there in terms of a job, dreamed of becoming a real estate agent, once ...
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The Wall

The Wall is the Wall; it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it. In ...
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The Expat’s Tale

Rosenkrantz and Gildenstern are chatting over Skype. “Hey, I just got an email from my cousin Don.” “Which one’s that?” ...
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19 Stairs

Meow..meow… Meeowwwwwwwww…. Meowww Thud.. thud.. “Mummy ... what are you doing? It’s still dark outside” said Sameera. “The cat is ...
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The Story of the Goat

Wherein it is shown that patience might be a virtue, were we to wait long enough to find out. When, ...
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Antonio

Antonio had been many things, but at the time of the plague he was working as the super in an ...
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Shift

This was another merciless July. After ten in the morning Raisa could no longer bear to be in the sun ...
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Holy Ground

The holiday of Passover, marked by Jews across the world on the evening of the first full moon following the ...
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And Watch It Burn

Under the dome enclosing their perch high above the city, the storytellers sat in silence. Multi-colored facets caught the lowering ...
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