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  • What If Hitler Had Twitter?

    Robert Brenner is a literary ventriloquist. He writes in the voices of various characters, real and imaginary, on a variety of topics. He believes it is more entertaining—both for the audience... Read more

  • 365 Days in the Life of Lawrence Bonk

    Lawrence Bonk can’t do things in moderation. When he moved to Brooklyn from Tallahassee, Florida, in 2003, he planned to record “the perfect album” with his best friend: 15 songs... Read more

  • Truth or Dare

    I sometimes wonder if none of this would have happened if I hadn’t pissed on Sarah Chapman’s desk. If I hadn’t decided, on a whim, to break into school with a group of friends by... Read more

  • What If David Cronenberg Directed Jon And Kate Plus Eight?

    Robert Brenner is a literary ventriloquist. He writes in the voices of various characters, real and imaginary, on a variety of topics. He believes it is more entertaining—both for the audience... Read more

  • Misreading the Signs

    As I was doing my daily affirmations, earnestly repeating “I deserve love” while gazing at myself in the bathroom mirror, the phone rang. The name of the handsome actor I’d met... Read more

  • What the Doorman Sees

    Most of the windows in the Columbia University residential buildings look onto other windows, so the view from one’s apartment is usually nothing but an invitation… Read more

  • The Call of Kiev

    In the summer of 1992, I was 21 and it cost $1.25 to ride the subway. The Soviet Union had been dead for nearly a year, and from the window of the F train heading from… Read more

  • Saying Yes to Ryan

    In the summer of 1992, I was 21 and it cost $1.25 to ride the subway. The Soviet Union had been dead for nearly a year, and from the window of the F train heading from… Read more