• A poster announcing the Reader‘s first fiction issue, December 2000

With our annual Pure Fiction Issue upcoming, I thought it would be an opportune time to go back through the Reader‘s Pure Fiction archives and revisit some personal favorites. Enterprising publishers take note: these have yet to be compiled into a book.


“West Side Lullaby” by Jack Clark (More on Clark, the original cabdriver-writer.)

“Moving Day” by Philip Montoro (Montoro is currently the Reader‘s music editor; he also writes a lot about beer.)

“Hole” by Gina Frangello (Frangello is the executive editor of Other Voices Books and author of Slut Lullabies.)

“Credit and Agency” by Zoe Zolbrod (Zolbrod is the author of the novel Currency.)