Here’s Some Essays I Like

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Here’s some very short essays that only take a moment to read and that made me feel something. Hopefully they’ll do the same for you. I got a brief excerpt of each one below. Click on the link for the whole essay.

“I was pretty damn sure I was Jesus. This had been a nagging feeling for a while.” — At Brevity, “Diagnosable” by Joshua Wheeler.

““I…uh…need you to come up and get some stuff,” he said to my mother, who was sitting on the couch, Misty Slim Light 120 in hand. “I found a crack pipe. From a long time ago. And I don’t want to touch it.”” — At Hot Metal Bridge, “This is Not a Pipe” by Ashley Bethard.

“He looked at the sky, then at me. He frowned like I was to blame for what he didn’t find there.” At elimae, “Junk” by Michelle Reale.

“Grandpa did good for high-ranking Reds. Black-and-white photographs of him with the Chairman hang where house guests will look. Curio cabinet after cabinet display his shiny, complicated, a bit garish, Cultural Revolutionary Chinese interpretations of bourgeois gifts and décor, fit for a man who did good for high-ranking Reds.” — At Identity Theory, “My Beijing” by Sunny Woan.


Seth Fischer's writing has appeared in Best Sex Writing 2013, Buzzfeed, PankGuernica, Lunch Ticket, Gertrude, and elsewhere. His Rumpus piece "Notes from a Unicorn" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013. He will be a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voicing Fellow and was a 2013 Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He also teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Find more writing of his writing at www.seth-fischer.com, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →