THE HALLMAN BY CORA CRUZ 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 63
No one talks about what it does to us, having to waste our lives like this, letting our time on this earth slip away for nothing, every day at work the same as the one before, watching ourselves never improving, never growing, not ever going anywhere. We’re supposed to only care about money. And it’s true, when you have money, you do get treated like you’re intelligent, even when you’re not. Most of the tenants in my building—it’s a luxury building in Manhattan, so you know they’re all at least billionaires—don’t have enough brains to fill my grandmother’s thimble, as she used to say. One tenant, some famous economist, wrote a book on poverty. It got us all talking, since some of us read it. Basically it said we’re poor because we’re lazy. I read that chapter. Of course, is what I told the guys. Why should we care about working, when to us, working means doing the same thing over and over and over again, getting paid the same too, which isn’t nearly enough to make it even slightly worth it? For that, better to sit around, than be somebody’s slave.
FASHION COPYWRITER BY ELLEN BLOOMENSTEIN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 63
“Well, we’re paying more than $147,000 a year and you can’t accomplish the work? It’s cheaper for us to do it ourselves than to pay for your copy.”
“I’m confused,” I said, “I don’t earn more than 30 dollars an hour.”
“Yes, that’s because your agency is pocketing all the money!” She looked furious, “And your clothing titles in the descriptions are too long!”
Antonia looked up at that point and said, “Yes, Ellen, I’ve told you that a million times.”
I had never heard this before now, “Oh,” I said, “I can make them shorter.”
THIS ABOVE ALL ELSE BY CORIE ROSEN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 63
This above all else:
Write nothing pastoral.
Do not celebrate the seasons.
Do not clasp hands with time.
Do not write about love.
(Whatever you do, please don’t do that.)
WHERE DID ALL THE DENTISTS GO? BY ROBERT EMMERS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 63
A young woman leaned from an upstairs window while a gingham curtain billowed sadly around her, and from this it was clear she pined for someone who had left her. The pining woman especially intrigued Miss D. This was, I assumed at the time, because she had studied most of history’s strange disappearances such as those of William Cantelo, Wallace Fard Muhammad, Joan Risch, Ambrose Bierce, and Cotah Ramaswami. And, as she pointed out, those are just the ones we hear about because they are famous. There are many, many more. It is possible, she added, that this phenomenon has something to do with parallel universes.
THE HUNTER BY MARILEE DAHLMAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 63
“Hey, man,” Jack said softly. He felt an instant wave of affection that made him almost giddy. Surely they must have known each other in some past life, or were destined to meet in some future life. He unclipped the flashlight from his belt and pointed the beam.
The hunter had that same surprising smallness that all prehistoric people had. He lay on his side, face tilted down, much closer to the edge than Caitlyn had said.
DOUG’S INTERNAL HEALTH BY JAY BERMAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 63 IMAGE BY KEITH LUKE
Doug overlooked just one thing: Mickey had mild dyslexia. You’d never know it, but it slowed his reading speed and forced him to concentrate on reading and writing more than most people. When the revised website went online Mickey inadvertently changed Doug’s Internal Health to God’s Eternal Health, and Doug didn’t notice.
PARALLEL PARKING BY SACHA MOORE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62 IMAGE BY JONATHAN BORBA
LOOK UP BY CASIMIR GRABOWSKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62 IMAGE BY COURTNEY CLAYTON
CARYVILLE, TN BY WA REED 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 62 IMAGE BY VICKI REED VICKIREED.COM
Let’s assume for a moment
you’re barreling through Caryville, Tennessee
when you spot a sushi bar along Highway 116
to be precise, situated right next door to The Liquor Barn
showcasing Climax moonshine, bathtub gin, & The White Dog.
Now picture this documented in an aging photo album
the images, originally captured in color with a Polaroid
but over time faded to a sort of opaque-ish patina
one image showing families gathered there, and another
your reflection in the blue-black plate-glass.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT FOREVER MEANS BY ROBERT EARLE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 61
TELL HIM TO BE KIND TO WOMEN BY NANCY DAFOE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 60
NO SHOES BY LEAH GRACE O’BRIEN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 57
WHAT LIES AT THE CORE BY MEIRA BIENSTOCK 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 57
She was not his girlfriend for Sean slept with every woman he could, but everyone knew she was his girl.
GROCERY STORE TRUTH BY MARY WOLFF 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 56
GOOD ENOUGH BY TOMMY VOLLMAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 54
HAZEL EYES BY HAZEL JAMES 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 54
THE ANDROID REBELLION BY NICOLAS GATTIG 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 53
GETTY WAS AN OCTOPUS BY JIN AN HIRST 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 52
CLOUD HUNTING BY MICHAEL LEE PHILLIPS 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 51
A NAME I WOULD KNOW BY SUSANNA SPACE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 48
BUKOWSKI BY CRISTINA CARTER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 47
HOW I LEARNED TO MANAGE AN EMOTIONAL PREGNANCY BY AJIRI AKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 39
WHY MEN ARE BETTER VILLAINS GRAHAM DASELER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 49
WOULD YOU BY SUSAN WHITMORE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 31
EULOGY FOR NILS BY JOSH SAPAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43
SHROUDING CEREMONY BY TALA ABU RAHMEH 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 15
THE CULTIVATION OF LOVE BY CURT ERIKSEN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 05
PERFIDY BY JAN ALEXANDER 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 32
FEMALE JESUS BY DOROTHY CHAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 29
CENTRAL PARK BY ETKIN CAMOGLU 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 30
FORTUNE COOKIES BY AARON BURCH 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 02
NOT HARD BY KIRSTEN JONES NEFF 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 08