Fiction & Essays

A bird's eye view of a woman, a small child, and a dog in a boat, snaking between two bushes

The Other Side of the World

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Audio: Author Ethel Rohan reads.  by Ethel Rohan “What if the fog is really a ghost?” David says. “A giant host of ghosts,” I say. “That creeps into our noses, our mouths.” “Ew.” “Our buttholes.” The seagulls laugh along with...
2-panel black and white illustration. Panel 1 is a close-up of a woman with big sunglasses and camera lens covering her face. Panel 2 is of a man chasing a person in silhouette.

The Job Hunt

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When the odd job is dirty work. by Tom Fritsche The story you are about to read, while drawing inspiration from the author’s experiences, is, for legal reasons, entirely fictional. It was the summer of 2012—a few...
Gaucho glasses floating in front of a cloud of smoke on a mysterious black background

No Idea, California

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Audio: Author Christopher Merchant reads.  by Christopher Merchant This work of short fiction is adapted from the author’s novel-in-development. Nic worked as a teacher’s aide at an elementary school. Work meant showing up on time with a...
Watercolor of a typical San Francisco house that window men work on quite frequently.

City Through Glass

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Conversations with San Francisco's window workers. by Nikki Collister A wide picture window overlooking the intersection of Fulton Street and 6th Avenue, double-hung windows on either side, crowned with a graceful arch of three glass panes....
Shot from above of people sitting in social distance circles at Dolores Park

Reporting in Place

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What it's like being a journalist during the pandemic. by Elena Kadvany My breaking point came late one Tuesday night, about a week into the shutdown. I had just finished reporting (virtually) on a local school...