Mercy Rule

Prologue The spring before my father came back I sprouted up to five-five in a hurry. The week after finishing seventh grade the growing pains kept me in bed for three days, but by Independence Day Felix and I were at the Mill Creek courts hustling preppy jocks from...

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

There is probably not another writer who could make me read a Shakespeare play. Jeanette Winterson, whose writing always excites me, has filled the role that no English teacher ever played for me during my school days. Because I had not realized she included a summary...

A Letter from the Editor

Since we are publishing stories, poems and other writings on Litbreak, it occurred to me to wonder why you should read them, or why I should read them. I don’t think anyone is more of a mensch because they read literature. I am persuaded by George Steiner’s argument...
TV Time

TV Time

When Darby Doppler saw that his favorite comedian had a new vehicle premiering in the fall, he knew he would be writing a fan letter. He’d watched the old Grady Myers show from the second season, before it really got popular, and he felt a connection. But this new...