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Wish | The New Yorker

This is the seventh story in this summer’s online Flash Fiction series. You can read the entire series, and our Flash Fiction stories from 2017 and 2018, here. I have a wish. It’s an exceptional wish. But I want you to listen. I want you

George Saunders on the Induced Bafflement of Fiction

Your story in this week’s issue, “Elliott Spencer,” involves a scheme in which down-on-their-luck people are “reprogrammed” and deployed as political protesters. I’m guessing that the story was inspired by accusations from Trump and others that Democrats were paying people to protest at his campaign

How Many | The New Yorker

This is the sixth story in this summer’s online Flash Fiction series. You can read the entire series, and our Flash Fiction stories from 2017 and 2018, here. The first one takes you back to his place, on Mandell. He asks you to top him and

I Like Your Shoes | The New Yorker

This is the fourth story in this summer’s online Flash Fiction series. You can read the entire series, and our Flash Fiction stories from 2017 and 2018, here. The note read “I like your shoes.” She found it spelled out in the condensation on her living-room

Salman Rushdie on Corruption and the Opioid Crisis

Your story in this week’s issue, “The Little King,” revolves around the life of an Indian-American pharmaceutical billionaire, who attains that status first by inventing a dangerous, fast-acting opioid spray and then by insuring—through bribes paid to doctors and others—that millions of people become addicted

Citizen Punch | The New Yorker

This is the third story in this summer’s online Flash Fiction series. You can read the entire series, and our Flash Fiction stories from 2017 and 2018, here. Citizen Punch, sitting under his humped back and sugarloaf hat on the lip of the little stage, his

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