Genre: Fiction

A Door Swings Open

The female hysteric represents an extraordinarily complicated type, of a completely particular and excessively versatile nature, remarkable for her spirit of duplicity, lying, and simulation. With an essentially perverse nature, the hysteric seeks to fool those around her, in the …

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Memento Mori

On the morning a week after Marcelina Ngonadi died, the four stooped sister-friends are pensive, knowing that Henrietta will be the next. As they look upon Marcelina’s gleaming casket with its gold handles and at her jewelry—silver earrings and a …

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Evidence

“Joe, I gotta tell you something.”

“What?”

“It’s about something I just saw. Are you awake?”

“No, Nancy,” Joe says. 

Joe doesn’t move and neither does Nancy. With his eyes closed, he can more easily focus on her voice, not …

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No Stories

Kenny avoided prison after school.

“It’s a horrible little planet,” he said.

The drugs were hidden inside a hollowed-out copy of William James’s Principles of Psychology (unabridged). Carlos stole the book. Carlos was interested in psychology. He threw away the …

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Almost an Airman

That satisfied public radio monotone draped me, a droning net, middlebrow and thickly self-congratulatory. I steered the Volkswagen over the culvert, splashed into the creek. It was rain-swollen, fast. I waded out and tried to hail a cab. None came, …

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Catastrophizing

In order to get the insurance company to pay for the visit, the therapist needed to make a diagnosis within the first session. 

“Don’t pay too much attention to it, though, these kinds of diagnoses aren’t really that helpful or …

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