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“Sometimes we desire absolute nonsense because in our stupidity we see in this nonsense the easiest way of attaining some conjectural good.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Mar
1

Submission Information

For the month of March (and perhaps beyond) I am opening up the website to other authors of flash fiction. The rules are simple, just email your story to lance@lancemanion.com with ‘submission’ in the subject line. Keep it between 300-1200 words if you can. Attach a short bio and either a picture of yourself or […]

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Mar
2

if I had to dedicate every story I’ve ever written to someone…

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking […]

Mar
1

As the North Wind Howled by Yu Hua

Sunlight had sneaked in through the window and was creeping toward the chair where my pants dangled. I was lying bare-chested in bed, rubbing some gunk from the corner of my right eye. It must have collected while I was sleeping, and to just let it stay there seemed inappropriate. Meanwhile, my left eye was […]

Feb
29

how ethics did or did not evolve

I’m sure you’re familiar with Koko the gorilla, but there are plenty more lesser-known gorillas that can understand sign language. This is the true story of another one. Andrew. The gorilla I worked with. While Koko was said to have known over 1000 signs and understood 2000 spoken words, Andrew’s vocabulary dwarfed those numbers. Koko’s […]

Feb
29

War of the Clowns by Mia Couto

One time two clowns set themselves to arguing. The people would stop, amused, to watch them. —What’s that? they asked. —Why, it’s only two clowns arguing. Who could take them seriously? Ridiculous, the two comedians reparteed. The arguments were common nonsense, the theme was a ninnery. And an entire day passed. The following morning, the […]

Feb
28

The Wife on Ambien by Ed Park

The wife on Ambien knows the score. I mean this literally. Rangers, 4–3 in overtime. Devils fall to the Flames, 3–1. Knicks lose again at home. In the morning, I open the paper and none of this checks out. The wife on Ambien calls me Bob, calls me Mom, calls me Mr. Bluepants. The wife […]

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