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"Balloon NIght" a selection from Stay Up With Me (stories) by Tom Barbash

   Stay Up with Me Timkin had been too depressed to tell anyone the dismal news, and in truth he had convinced himself that Amy would return, apologetic, or demanding an apology, which he…
LENGTH: 1 minutes (311 words)


When it turned up unexpectedly, 75 years ago, the coelacanth was the biological find of the century. And now it is showing why. Samantha Weinberg, its biographer, tells the best fish story in 380m…
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5494 words)

A Tale of Two Drugs

In January 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Kalydeco, the first drug to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, after just three months of review. It was one of the fastest…
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4426 words)

Sex and Sensibility

Joseph Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, detail, 1768, oil on canvas. National Gallery, London, UK. Vivian Gornick describes the journey to self-possession as one of…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 16, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2791 words)

Voice in the Night

Readings — From the November 2013 issue By Jennifer Percy Download Pdf MicroFiche

The Mind of Alice Munro

Alice Munro, photo by Derek Shapton Alice Munro’s constant concern is to correct the reader, to undercut and complicate her text until all easy answers are exhausted and an unnerving richness…
LENGTH: 27 minutes (6860 words)


Doree had to take three buses—one to Kincardine, where she waited for one to London, where she waited again, for the city bus out to the facility. She started the trip on a Sunday at nine in the…
PUBLISHED: June 5, 2006
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1008 words)

Dave Chappelle Didn't Melt Down

"You are booing yourself." I just watched Dave Chappelle quit stand up. Out in the Comcast Theater in Hartford, Connecticut, shivering in the open air, I can’t think that this is anything…
LENGTH: 3 minutes (830 words)

The Center for Fiction.

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LENGTH: 1 minutes (273 words)