Stories, Meat Sacks and Pagliacci Suspenders

“What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor….

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And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever. That’s what stories are for. Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story. — Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried (via foronlyever)

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New promo video for Literary Orphans Issue 05 coming February 6th. New short fiction from more than 2 dozen writers!

It is almost dizzying to contemplate all the stories I will never read because, for whatever reason, a certain author’s work never crossed my path. Which is why I’m always searching for so-called neglected writers. What if what they have to tell is the essential thing I need to know? The Lonely Voice #22: RIP Richard Stern (via therumpus)

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