Did you miss us? We're back, listeners, in time to start gearing up for Halloween, with stories from our special FEAR issue of Two Cities. This week, Robin Greene reads her dark memoir of a run-in with a disturbing stranger in "The Winter of East 81st Street." This week's episode contains some adult themes and may not be suitable for younger listeners, so please use your discretion. Read article
My first masturbator was a young inmate—standing at the front of his cell, jeans crumpled around his ankles, boxers sagging below his knees. His hand moved up and down the shaft of his penis. Looking directly at me, he pulled harder, his racing breath audible through the cell bars inches from me.
I backed away, unable to speak.
What was I expecting anyway? The men here were rapists, robbers, and murderers. This was San Quentin, a men’s maximum-security prison, and I was a new female correctional officer—a prison guard—conducting my first institutional count. But here in West Block, … Read article
I have watched so much rot before me, and here now, two potential disasters. The pickled Korean cucumbers, the more serious of the two; I will need to build courage.
I reach toward the back of the refrigerator, and remove a translucent-blue container. Cheese I brought home some months before from Mercado Latino. Queso Oaxaca, half of the strings stripped and eaten, the rest, a disconsolate off-white moon with a glowing, yellow haze. I may be too late. I open the lid, breath in, and am pleased–only mildly pungent–not far from its original form.
I peel a small … Read article
This week, Two Cities author Hilary Sallick reads her poem from the June issue, "Housemate", and we discuss. And we count down our very favorite science writing — all those wonderful books that illuminated the world of science and nature for the non-scientists among us.
This week, author Bino Realuyo reads his poem from the March issue, "Oyate Tamakoce", an Apache phrase meaning "Land of the people." We also talk about what books have got us thinking this week, including Benjamin Percy's great new guide to writing fiction, Thrill Me. We're actively seeking submissions to our blog with thoughts on what it means to be American in today's divided culture. Weigh in with your thoughts by replying to us @twocitiesreview on Twitter. We'll feature comments in future episodes!
We have a very special episode. You'll hear Two Cities author Max Talley read his spine-tingling story "The Devil is in the Details", and we'll discuss it and what's on our fall reading lists. Weigh in with your thoughts by replying to us @twocitiesreview on Twitter. We'll feature comments in future episodes! Read article
we interview the photographer and writer Lauren Jonik about her creative process and the secret story behind her photograph in the latest issue of the magazine. And we discuss the best literary board games available now (it's a golden age of smart analog games, listeners). Read article
We read and discuss a prose poem from the issue, called "It's Saturday, I'm Eleven." We discuss experimental fiction: what's the next step for playing with story forms in the internet age? And we answer reader questions. Weigh in with your thoughts by replying to us @twocitiesreview on Twitter.
This week, we read and discuss a piece from the issue, Alejandro Escude's "Vacation." We discuss the joys of reading nonfiction and some of the nonfiction books we're currently reading, including H IS FOR HAWK and EVICTION. And we answer reader questions. Weigh in with your thoughts by replying to us @twocitiesreview on Twitter. Read article