Your Most Transcendent Ice Cream Experience

It is not quite evening in the early days of summer & your bare thighs are on my mother’s deck furniture. You tell me how conventional wisdom has steered you wrong and how sunburns remind you of your parents' divorce  & I think about the night I took you out for ice cream and later …

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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 …

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 …

Write a short story that is set in Argentina in 1932, in which a teacup plays a crucial role.

By staring out across the great lawn, Ana could actually see the haze rising up on this sweltering summer morning. Cicadas drown out the soft melody playing on the outdoor radio. Aside from the staff of her father's estate, Ana is the fist one awake. She sits on the lounge chair under an umbrella wearing …