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Like Rooney Mara, Only Darker

What happens to your identity once you alter the shape of your face? Creative non-fiction by Madison Griffiths.

I Have This Friend

I have this friend. He’s a little bit chubby and he sweats a lot and the other thing about him is that he’s right into porn.

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Stories and Poems:

Crowdsourcing Stories with Amazon's Mechanical Turk

Entrepreneur of absurdities Adam Grant (Jafflechutes) shares a time-travelling story from his curiously curated blog, Eggs on Toast with Thyme. When we heard there was a blog of time...

Dark Matter

Love Letter

A love letter with a twist, by K. W. George.

On Writing:

Why Do You Write Poetry? – Kevin Brophy

Adam Ford tracks down poets and asks them the most difficult of questions: 'Why do you write poetry?'

The Meditations Part V: Melissa Howard on 'The Beginner's Guide to Travelling With Children'

The Meditations is a curated series of reflections on writing and storytelling from contributors to the thirty-third issue of Going Down Swinging. This reflection comes from Melissa Howard on her piece...

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

The Comedy of Errors is exactly what you’d expect: a play made funny by the errors and poor intuition of its central characters.

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

I can see why Rory Gilmore might enjoy Brick Lane, but I think the book might resonate more strongly with her mother, Lorelai.