Story: Bill McStowe

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Idling The sun was close to disappearing behind the King Pines and a last bit of golden light stretched across the listless water of the pool. My wife and I snuck another margarita on the back deck as the kids got ready for bed. “I have an idea,” she said. “Let’s go to the beach … Continue reading

Story: Shay Siegel

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Tonsillectomy There is a construction worker with a plastic yellow hat ordering six cups of water. He’s inches away from me. I want to ask if I can have one but I’m strapped down in a bed. I see a doctor with a blue shower cap on. No, I’m not strapped down, I just can’t … Continue reading

Story: Jessica Critcher

maybe

Maybe I couldn’t write. I felt trapped, breathing that same hot air in my apartment, sun beating down into my front room. I packed up my journal and went for a walk, sucking cool harbor breezes into my lungs to purify my sticky, humid mind. Boston is having a spectacular weather day. It’s bright and … Continue reading

Story: Greg Letellier

coffeewithyourbro

How to Get Coffee with Your Older Brother Brad Know that with Brad, timing is everything. Catch him at a free moment. This is the toughest part. Due to his OCD, you know by now that he’s not good with sudden changes in his steady schedule. Catch him when he’s just gotten back from work … Continue reading

Story: Ronald Friedman

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Exit Strategy “How long you been waiting?” “It feels like I’ve been here forever. Couple hours, maybe.” “You here for an exit pass?” “What else? This piece of crap. Look at that. Four pages. I need two signatures in this section here. What about you?” “Same. It’s closing down fast. Another hour or two and … Continue reading

Story: Jane-Rebecca Cannarella

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The Pool, August 2002 We fell asleep in the sun and when I woke up I was so sunburned that later on that night I got sick to my stomach. It was the summer that smelled like chlorine and cigarettes; we were staying at my parents’ friends’ house. No one else we knew had a … Continue reading

(Archive) Story: Christopher DiCicco

bloodhounds

Bloodhounds Simon doesn’t want a Golden Retriever. Not like other boys his age. What my son wants is different. “Dad,” he says, “I want to be a dog.” He’s a good kid, Simon, doesn’t complain about much, not my lousy dinners or my pacing the backyard as I call everyone his mother knows—so I play … Continue reading

We Want Your Stories

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Extract(s) is always looking for great stories to share with our readers. We admit, we are are pretty tough when it comes to accepting work, but if you have something you believe matches up with what we love, let us have a look! Our word limit for stories–fiction, personal essay, and creative non-fiction–is 1,500 words. … Continue reading

Story: Samantha Stier

portraits

Portraits Together we look at other people’s portraits. We love self-portraits, especially those by Renoir, who is a master at capturing his inner essence. Our favorite self-portrait is by Norman Rockwell. We like the self-reflexive nature of that one. We like how we become part of the piece just by looking at it. We like … Continue reading

Story: Donna Vorreyer

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The Alphabet of Avoidance There is no easy way to say it. Words are useless, though there are so many. Cantaloupe. Armageddon. Undulating. (These are a few of my favorites. But they don’t apply to this situation. Well, maybe armageddon.) I sort through the thesaurus to look for some assistance: Blight. Catastrophe. Disaster. Eruption. Fiasco. … Continue reading

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