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Introduction to Jim Chaffee's Studies in Mathematical Pornography by Maurice Stoker
Introduction to Jim Chaffee's Studies in Mathematical Pornography by Tom Bradley
Studies in Mathematical Pornography: American Dream Title Page by Jim Chaffee
Studies in Mathematical Pornography: Chapter 1 by Jim Chaffee
Studies in Mathematical Pornography: Chapter 2 by Jim Chaffee
Studies in Mathematical Pornography: Chapter 3 by Jim Chaffee
Studies in Mathematical Pornography: Chapter 4 by Jim Chaffee
Studies in Mathematical Pornography: Chapter 5 by Jim Chaffee
Studies in Mathematical Pornography: Chapter 6 by Jim Chaffee
Studies in Mathematical Pornography: Chapter 7 by Jim Chaffee
Studies in Mathematical Pornography: Chapter 8 by Jim Chaffee
Studies in Mathematical Pornography: Chapter 9 by Jim Chaffee
01-01-2015
Modern Tragedy, or Parodies of Ourselves by Robert Castle
01-11-2014
Totally Enchanté, Dahling by Thor Garcia
01-04-2014
Hastini by Rudy Ravindra
The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter Volume 5 Translation by W. C. Firebaugh
01-01-2014
Unexpected Pastures by Kim Farleigh
10-01-2013
Nonviolence by Jim Courter
The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter Volume 4 Translation by W. C. Firebaugh
07-01-2013
The Poet Laureate of Greenville by Al Po
The Apocalypse of St. Cleo, Part VI by Thor Garcia
The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter Volume 3 Translation by W. C. Firebaugh
04-01-2013
The Apocalypse of St. Cleo, Part V by Thor Garcia
The Apocalypse of St. Cleo, Part IV by Thor Garcia
The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter Volume 2 Translation by W. C. Firebaugh
01-01-2013
The Apocalypse of St. Cleo, Part I by Thor Garcia
The Apocalypse of St. Cleo, Part II by Thor Garcia
The Apocalypse of St. Cleo, Part III by Thor Garcia
The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter Volume 1 Translation by W. C. Firebaugh
10-01-2012
DADDY KNOWS WORST: Clown Cowers as Father Flounders! by Thor Garcia
RESURRECTON: Excerpt from Breakfast at Midnight by Louis Armand
Review of The Volcker Virus (Donald Strauss) by Kane X Faucher: Excerpt from the forthcoming Infinite Grey by Kane X Faucher
01-07-2012
Little Red Light by Suvi Mahonen and Luke Waldrip
TEXECUTION: Klown Konfab as Killer Kroaked! by Thor Garcia
Miranda's Poop by Jimmy Grist
Paul Fabulan by Kane X Faucher: Excerpt from the forthcoming Infinite Grey by Kane X Faucher
01-04-2012
Operation Scumbag by Thor Garcia
Take-Out Dick by Holly Day
Patience by Ward Webb
The Moon Hides Behind a Cloud by Barrie Darke
The Golden Limo of Slipback City by Ken Valenti
01-01-2012
Chapter from The Infinite Atrocity by Kane X. Faucher
Support the Troops By Giving Them Posthumous Boners by Tom Bradley
01-10-2011
When Good Pistols Do Bad Things by Kurt Mueller
Corporate Strategies by Bruce Douglas Reeves
The Dead Sea by Kim Farleigh
The Perfect Knot by Ernest Alanki
Girlish by Bob Bartholomew
01-07-2011
The Little Ganges by Joshua Willey
The Invisible World: René Magritte by Nick Bertelson
Honk for Jesus by Mitchell Waldman
01-04-2011
Red's Dead by Eli Richardson
The Memphis Showdown by Gabriel Ricard
Someday Man by John Grochalski
01-01-2011
I Was a Teenage Rent-a-Frankenstein by Tom Bradley
Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Fred Bubbers
10-01-2010
Believe in These Men by Adam Greenfield
The Magnus Effect by Robert Edward Sullivan
Performance Piece by Jim Chaffee
07-01-2010
Injustice for All by D. E. Fredd
The Polysyllogistic Curse by Gary J. Shipley
How It's Done by Anjoli Roy
Ghost Dance by Connor Caddigan
Two in a Van by Pavlo Kravchenko
04-01-2010
Uncreated Creatures by Connor Caddigan
Invisible by Anjoli Roy
One of Us by Sonia Ramos Rossi
Storyteller by Alan McCormick
01-01-2010
Idolatry by Robert Smith
P H I L E M A T O P H I L I A by Traci Chee
They Do! by Al Po
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Americans vs. Aneurysms

A crisis in 33 100-word stories: Uninsured thirty-somethings grapple with rent, the man, raising a kid, and brain surgery.

By Eli Richardson

1
Snowglobe Tornado

To the side of global events, a family eddies. Boy bouncing, Mom on the sofa eating apples, Dad at home all day. Spaghetti is boiling and date night coming. A pay-for-view movie and ice cream. She doesn't wear a bra.

What's it matter that the world is a heartbeat away from ruin, the Sun raining fire? Iraqis have their children to look at as disaster goes door-to-door. Casting shadows over another day in the Next American Century. Where everybody's getting theirs.

Inside the bubble, blood snakes against membranes drawn tight. A red Eden in the middle of a drought. Throbbing danger.

2
Dead Ringer

The Boy is the first responder; Mother jolting on the sofa. Fingers dancing.

"Breathe Honey Honey, are you there? Sweetie! Open your mouth."

"Why is Mom making that scary sound?"

"Open your mouth Sugar."

6:03. The Daily Show is on.

"Why you do that to Mom's mouth?"

"Get it out Baby. She's frothing. Look out son, I'm bringing her down."

"Why Mom making that sound? Breathe! Mom why Mom not breathing?"

"It's alright Honey. Boy! Bring me the phone. Please. Baby! Are you with me? The phone! Get the phone Boy! Breathe!"

"Mom stop making that sound Dad. Breathe Baby!"

3
Call Waiting

"Why doesn't this not do what I say? Boy! Get MY phone. Hurry! Baby! Are you with me? Hello! I need an ambulance to my house. It's yellow. Sweetie! No, it's not o.k. My wife is having a seizure."

"Calm down sir. We have dispatched paramedics to your location."

"Sweetie!"

"Sir, calm down and do exactly as I say. Is the patient breathing?"

"It's my wife. I don't know. Maybe. I thought she was dead. Baby! Are you there? Are you breathing?"

"Mom is not breathing."

"Baby! What day is it?"

"Sir! Calm down and do exactly as I say."

4
Room with a View

With it to her ear, "What's that ringing? Where's my phone? Well look for it. Where's my Mom?"

"Your head's drooping. Stay put. You need a halo?"

"I'm not dead."

The Boy gives mouth to mouth to a surgical glove.

"Say cheese!"

"Look! What the Hell? A camera?"

The nurse wags her finger. "No flash, please. Look. Sensitive equipment." She strokes the heart monitor.

"Look at this picture. Do you see?"

"What?"

"Look in your eyes. See all the way to China."

"It looks like my head is hollow."

"Looks like you blew a fuse. Look Boy. Mom's not home."

5
Go-Go Googoo

"Really." She rolls her eyes. Her head follows.

"O! Don't do that. It freaks me out."

"Why?"

"I don't know when you'll have another one."

A guy with floral scrubs peeks around the curtain. "We've got your resulth," lisps the resident. His shoes whisper over the tile. He looks at his chart, then her ID bracelet. "Well! Lookth like you had a theizure and there'th an inthidental aneurythm."

"What?"

"Aneurythm."

"What's that mean? Rhythm."

"An-your-rith-em. We'll be keeping you overnight."

"We got the beat," he says and dances with The Boy.

"Really," she says and rolls her eyes.

"Thurgery thoon."

6
Memory Trip

"How are you? Has it sunk in? No. I'm whispering."

He ducks out. Gopher heads pop out of the cubicles. He presses the phone to his ear as he makes for the door. "I have to split. This is between us."

He starts into the bathroom. Stops. "The money will take care of itself. We've got motive and opportunity. I can't sit around and wait for it."

He tries the stairwell. It's the lunch rush. "Mexico. The neurosurgeon said flying's fine. Christmas poolside. Besides, it's good for The Boy; culture and something in the vault in case of the worst."

7
Stroke

Dog-paddling, he says she has pretty feet. She goes, "I hear you fine Mom. It's not quite Mexico. The neurologist says flying with aneurysms is fine." The Boy splashes water in his nose.

He sinks to the bottom where he can touch the sun.

"United bumped us in San Francisco. I'm still mad. He made me hike up the crookedest street in the world."

On his back the sun is piercing but without form.

"We miss you. Christmas sucks without family around."

He pushes off hard for the other side. The Boy clings to the wall in the deep end.