Clamming – Changing Tides

Robert Freedman

I hadn’t discovered meditation back then, but if I had I might have noted that how I felt was the state that those who meditate aspire to reach. But maybe if I had known, it would have ruined the whole thing.

Novel excerpt: Little Magpie

Randall Brown

Maggie looks up. She removes the finger from her mouth. “Must be the baby,” she says. Her hand follows the curve of her belly. “She wants bugs.”

“Really? They sell crickets at pet stores. I could get some.”

The Absence of Fog

Nimisha Ladva

Usha and I were waiting for our usual treat, a fresh, buttered, sugar-sprinkled roti each. But then our grandmother bellowed from upstairs. “Who let all the fog into my room?” demanded Ba.

Master Plan

D Sprung Kurilecz

“New cereal?” he asks, and then, like the path that their marriage has taken, he renders the question rhetorical with a non sequitur. “Still working on that artery project, if you can believe it.”

Philadelphia Stories Events

Christine Weiser

EVENTS CALENDAR FOR PS April 4-May 23: Philadelphia Stories Advanced Short Story Workshop with Aimee LaBrie  Fee: $200. Sample required. Location: Robin’s Moonstone, second floor of 110A S. 13th Street April 16, 9 – 5: Novel Workshop with Elizabeth MosierWhere: Trinity Center for Urban Life (French Room), 22nd & Spruce Streets, Philadelphia
When: Saturday, 
Fee: $75 includes all-day […]

From the Editors

Carla Spataro & Christine Weiser

Spring is a welcome reprieve after this snowy winter, and Philadelphia Stories is looking forward to another busy season of fun events for writers and readers, including:

Selective Memory

Lisa Meritz

For years my mother, Sally, lied to me. I always knew that she wasn’t truthful about her age, but until my father died I never knew the extent of her deception.