Taut and Bound

A few weeks ago, Lady Elizabeth had her pain slave over for coffee and a “medical scene.” He had brought his camera with him, and, lying supine on the operating table, he managed to snap a few pictures of her as she performed urethral insertions on him with a long, silver needle. “He gets points for […]

Pennies and Pilgrims

“This must be,” Greg whispers, “what it’s like for some people to go to Rome.” But we’re not in Rome. We’re on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, at a place that is both a homeless shelter and a soup kitchen, a publishing house and a classroom, a catacomb of a church and a pilgrimage […]

Let Sleeping Dogs Fly

Hunter Polonoli and Andris Skulte stand together on the tarmac of Orange County airport in Montgomery, N.Y. They are both young, handsome, and brunette, with bright white teeth and short, soft hair. They’re fit, though skinny, and their eyebrows twitch above big, brown eyes. The shadow of a sparrow darts across their feet, and Hunter […]


Budget Suites, 2001 That spring, we live at the Budget Suites on the edge of the strip. My mother goes in to the business office every Monday and reserves our hotel room-apartment hybrid for another week. We switch units a couple of times. In one room, the air conditioner is broken, and even in the […]

Paolo’s Room

Who the hell is Paolo? For now, he’s a room. A lot of what I can tell you about Paolo’s Room is recollection and rumor. It remains a mystery even to those fortunate few who have been there. In the room’s post-Paolo life, its marble walls have seen sex, stealing, sleep, sandwiches, booze, and Dada. […]

Do You Speak Yeah-Lie?

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As you plan for your release from prison, make sure you have some form of identification: a voter registration card, a birth certificate or social security card, and — the following is implied — a standard salutation by which you’ll present yourself. This is what I learn when I first open the “Pre-Release Guide to […]

Yale Entrepreneurs: Start Up, Drop Out?

It’s May 2009, and Leon Noel has an idea. As a Yale junior studying biological anthropology, he’s spent much time standing outside Commons in vain attempts to get people to spit in cups for his research studies. He’s gone as far as bribing people with money or Gatorade, but he still can’t draw enough participants. […]

Kenta Koga

Kenta Koga ’14 rushed Sigma Phi Epsilon so that he would have a place to store his doves. Luckily for the Berkeley College freshman from Fukuoka, Japan, he’s now secured that dependable home for the set of white birds he hopes to soon purchase from a magician in New York City. I first met Koga […]

For Love or Money

Matthew Artimez is an admissions officer’s dream. In addition to earning excellent grades throughout his years at John Marshall High School in Glen Dale, West Virginia, Artimez is the captain of his school’s soccer team, a member of the swim team, and a lifeguard. He referees youth soccer and participates in a math and science […]

I Bought a Bra

Somehow I had managed to live approximately nine years with breasts before the day Jeniene Ferguson ushered me into one of the bright white fitting rooms at Lady Olga’s Lingerie and sold me my first well-fitting bra. [ydn-legacy-photo-inline id=”288″ ] Jeniene is a professional bra fitter and the owner of Lady Olga’s. Nestled at the […]