A Guide to Kayaking (Or, When and Where to Look) by Helen Park| music: My Mind is Mine by Lea Bertucci and Alaina Stamatis

A Guide to Kayaking (Or, When and Where to Look) A little, boiling hell plays out in my heart every time my boyfriend looks at a passing woman. Regardless of where we are or what we are doing (eating at a restaurant, holding hands while walking down the street, shopping at the mall or picking up …

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My Night with Santa by Nina Familiant | music: Eleanor Bone by Alexander MacSween

In the former Soviet Union, Santa Claus made house calls. Not sneaky ones in the middle of the night but official visits authorized by the unanimously elected New Year Planning Committee. Each holiday season, the Committee would vest Santa with full powers to entertain little Soviet children in their state-owned homes. Besides Santa’s entertainment decree, …

A Letter to the Woman Who Said “REALLY?!” as I Walked Out of the Family Restroom at the Airport by Kristi Murray Costello | music: Pianotarha by Juhani Nuorvala

Dear Exasperated in Minneapolis: You’re right. I shouldn’t have gone in there. It was selfish. And I’m sorry. Airports bring out the worst in people—all the waiting in lines, the taking off your shoes, the obscene mark ups on cinnamon rolls—and I was yet another asshole you had to contend with. But if you’ll let …

Naked Dancing, with Knives Or (Not) Writing a First Novel by Robert Pope | music: White Thanksgiving by Jude Thomas

n the fall of 1967 I started a novel about a girl I knew who married her boyfriend before he went to Vietnam.  I was twenty-one, a student at The University of California at Berkeley; my female character, Julie, was my age, half a foot shorter.  She had rich brown eyes, long dark hair—a real …

Shrewsbury Street by Alison Silverglad | music: Tagasi by Kaarel Mihk

Beverly Koval is in the car, en route to Allentown, Pennsylvania. Her friend, Patricia Herrara is driving. She can see better. Beverly searches the radio for Frank Sinatra or something jazzy like that. All she can find is country music and rap. She hears a grown man rhyme about a candy shop and changes back …