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Reader fiction, past and future

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A poster of the December 2000 Pure Fiction Issue cover
  • A poster announcing the Reader's first fiction issue, December 2000

With our annual Pure Fiction Issue upcoming, I thought it would be an opportune time to go back through the Reader's Pure Fiction archives and revisit some personal favorites. Enterprising publishers take note: these have yet to be compiled into a book.


"West Side Lullaby" by Jack Clark (More on Clark, the original cabdriver-writer.)

"Moving Day" by Philip Montoro (Montoro is currently the Reader's music editor; he also writes a lot about beer.)

"Hole" by Gina Frangello (Frangello is the executive editor of Other Voices Books and author of Slut Lullabies.)

"Credit and Agency" by Zoe Zolbrod (Zolbrod is the author of the novel Currency.)


"Turtle Stories" by Anne Elizabeth Moore (Moore's latest book is Hip Hop Apsara: Ghosts Past and Present.)

"Baldachins" by Ann Sterzinger (Sterzinger is the author of the novel NVSQVAM.)


"Maurinette Meede, or the Joy of the Oppressor" by Ann Sterzinger

"47th Street Black" by Bayo Ojikutu (More on Ojikutu.)


"The Origins of My Curious Condition" by Garret Gaston (Gaston also made some gorgeous cartoons for the Reader under the series La Petite Camera. Some of them got strong reactions.)


"White Dirt" by Zak Mucha (Mucha is the author of the novel The Beggars' Shore.)

"The Lam of Hal Hamburger" by James Kennedy (Kennedy is the author of the YA novel The Order of Odd-Fish; more on Kennedy.)

"A Spinet Is a Two-Man Piece" by Jack Clark


"Sam and Bessie"
by Tony Adler (Adler is the Reader's culture editor; he is well-known for his penetrating, insightful haiku.)

"Paint It Beige" by Mae Governale

"Lasagna" by J.R. Jones (Jones is the Reader's film editor.)

"Double Fault" by Keir Graff (Graff's most recent novel is The Price of Liberty; I once blogged about his authorial sport coat.)


"The Courage of My Companions"
by Keir Graff


"Song for Dana Plato"
by Whet Moser (Former Reader staffer Moser is now with Chicago Magazine.)

"If You Should Have Any Need at All" by Keir Graff (A trifecta for Graff.)


"The Most Dangerous Beard in Town" by James Kennedy


"Cruising" by Robert Cass


"Hymie and Ruth" by Daniel Stolar (Stolar is the author of the story collection The Middle of the Night)


And my editor's pick from last year's issue, "The Fall and Rise of 'The Worst Commercial Ever Made'" by Brian Costello

As for future Reader fiction? Pick up our next Pure Fiction Issue on January 3.

This is my last post for 2012. Thanks for reading, everybody.

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