Here’s Some Stories I Like

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Every couple weeks, I present some very short stories or very short essays I like that will only take you a second to read but that made me feel something and hopefully will do the same for you.

Here’s goes:

““Sit up! Pay attention!” Mrs. Swan’s voice rasps in the quiet room. “We’re talking about sex. Aren’t you interested?”” — At Monkeybicycle, “Swan Song” by Melanie Datz.

“We go to Church Brew Works, a Catholic church transformed into a bar. I like taking my old friends here, showing them this perversion, how things can change.” At Quick Fiction, “Fences Fly By” by Salvatore Pane.

“I started chewing on the bag when there was nothing left to lick.” At NANO Fiction, “Secret Potato Chip Dialogue Over The Phone” by Prathna Lor.

“We store the illegals here by the dam, so thick we can walk on their heads. Sometimes we do.” At DOGZPLOT, “I Place Myself Unreservedly At Your Disposal” by Paul Griner.

“Living alone, Chairman Mao begins to cultivate chrysanthemums in a quiet garden set away from the road.” At Neon, “Chairman Mao, In Retirement” by Arijit Sen.


Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →