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The Families Behind Autism Spectrum Disorder

Unlike so many researchers of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cherie Green gets out of the lab and into the homes of families dealing with the disorder to learn how...

A Freelancer's Guide to Europe: True Stories from Edinburgh Share Houses

Online editor Megan Anderson gives up a roof, friends and financial stability to write around Europe.

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Stories and Poems:

On the Radar...

The Night’s Insomnia ‘When the angels are panting and scratching the door to come in …’  Leonard Cohen, 2012 If the night is long, and there can be no...

Excerpt from 'Little Monsters'

A sneak preview from Briohny Doyle's <i>Going Down Swinging #33</i> essay, Little Monsters.

On Writing:

Finding the Will

Fiona Broom tries to find the most elusive of powers.

On Rejection

I once thought there was only one kind of rejection slip/email: a bad one. Dear Fool, we’ve had a record number of submissions by so many amazingly talented writers...

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

The Art of Fiction by Henry James

It has taken me to almost thirty-fucking-two to finally understand a TV show about a caffeine-addled mother-daughter duo quipping their privileged way through small-town life.

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

More like Theodore Dreiser-bone. That was a witty quip to connote that he’s boring, and not some kind of reference to a rural raincoat.