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Author page: The Believer Magazine

A person spins, performing in a delirious haze as an ink blot figure records them, resulting in 30,000 social media likes.

Trilogy of Doubt

What form do you ask for pointing at me with your scorn- raised brow you clutch your coxcomb    velvet robe with your left hand ringed    married to God in cuffed surplice and say: so shall you burn What dunce cap bows…
A man in a suit and tophat (think Mr. Monopoly)walks gleefully through a changing neighborhood. Building in the distance are under construction, and someone lies on the sidewalk across the street.

Casting Call

Hospital patient  to die on-screen.  Must be able to stay dead for money. Must stay dead  for several takes. Must not flinch when the protagonist’s tears make a lake  of…

The Act of Smelling

The Nose If all our genius lies in our nostrils, as Nietzsche remarked, the nose is an untrained genius, brilliant but erratic. The human nose can detect a dizzying array…
In a basketball court, a girl shoots hoops, and misses.

The Innocent

For weeks we watched for hatchlings to come  of three smug eggs tucked into a nest,  the nest tucked into the crook  of a neighbor’s honeysuckle. Time nodded,  was nodding—the…

Star System

It was the fall of 1966, as the Las Vegas Strip was just beginning to sparkle and sprawl, when a young architect and planning professor by the name of Denise…
An illustrated portrait of Bijan Stephen, by Kristen Radtke

Side Quest

List of games mentioned: Magic: The Gathering Fortnite Valorant Counter-Strike List of ’90s trading card magazines mentioned: The Duelist As you might imagine, I play a lot of video games.…

Sestina Gratitude

Thank you in gold particle. Thank you in wave. Thank you any zygote worth its salt. Bend down to be capacitated. Bend down to take your crown. Thank you parting membrane. Thank…

Side Quest

Non-exhaustive list of video games mentioned: Deliver Us the Moon Minecraft Valheim Lately I’ve found myself playing games about survival: Valheim and Minecraft, for example, the kind of video games…