Drink a beer. Describe the taste.

i’d like to meet a person who takes pride in this country and isn’t corrupt or overeducated and underemployed yet still willing to spend 9 bucks on an IPA because they know there’s something so delicate about porches and dizzy   the slow and the white   the IPA tastes like privilege rebelled - sunny …

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I Was Not Sorry 

Hey kid - it's me. Just called to see if you’re around tonight. I could use a friend tonight. It’s after Labor Day, and I'd been thinking the summer crowd leaving would make breathing easy, but aside from the drowning, I don’t think I’m sleeping and - Hey kid - you there? I’m back now. …

Find a photograph. Write the story of what’s happening outside the frame.

Outside the frame, it’s 7 in the morning. Outside the frame, it’s cloudy, late August. Outside the frame and two hours prior, Em drove us to the beach and It was decided later on, Recalling our lack of shoes in the bagel shop, That we might’ve still been drunk.   Outside the frame, the beach …

Describe Heaven

Heaven. It starts on a mountain. 42 degrees and not a cloud in sight. I’m strapped into my snowboard and Poppy is there to greet me - the first person I knew to die. “Welcome to Heaven.” I follow him down the mountain. It’s perfectly groomed. Perfectly challenging. I get myself into an invincible rhythm …

Pick a classic fairy tale, and set it in your modern-day hometown

Fifteen miles off the New Jersey coastline lives a beautiful mermaid. She has a turquoise tale that shimmers when the light catches it and long red hair that flows serenely through the water. She spends most of her days swimming around her father’s palace collecting treasures. Her name is Ariel and today is Ariel’s fifteenth …