Readings — From the January 2013 issue

Eleven Orphans

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From a selection of openings to abandoned short stories by Zsuzsi Gartner included in Five Dials number 25. As part of an ongoing project, Gartner issues adoption certificates to readers who request to “adopt” the fragments. Her short-story collection Better Living Through Plastic Explosives was published last month by Pintail.

the time i tried

Then there was the time I tried to get my life made into a television series but failed. Everything ordinary happened to be in great demand. “Let’s hear what the ordinary people have to say,” that anchorman, the one everyone trusted, would say.

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