Harris Sockel

E-book “We Will Never Know What’s Inside Our Bodies” out now. Follow him @HarrisSockel or talk to him via firstinitiallastname at gmail.

Fifteen Beginnings of an Essay I Will Never Write


My mom used to take me to her psychiatrist appointments. I’d bring Pogs. I was nine. She’d leave me in the waiting…

What’s Important Is Feeling

and other baller short story collections

Story me short, summer 2k15. Here are six of the best new short story collections — silent

I Have To Tell You

I never listened to your voicemail.


have to tell you things have not been great lately.

Five Novellas To Read This Spring

A novella is the literary equivalent of a cupcake. Small, adaptable, and sold at specialty stores with soft lighting and vaguely European salespeople. Just…

Publications edited by Harris Sockel

Human Parts explores the patchwork of the human condition through experimental and traditional personal writing. To contribute, email hihumanparts@gmail.com.

Talk Dirty To Me

On office janitors

Offices are trash. Burrito husks and crispy coffee lids. Tumbleweeds made of hair, rolling between the cubicles like it’s five o’clock…

Five Life-Affirming Poets Under 30

And you thought poetry was dead.

Poetry actually has a healthy immune system, smooth skin, and really good blood pressure. Poetry is…

This feels nice

How People Pronounce Barack Obama’s Name

You can tell a lot about someone by the way they pronounce a name. Listen to the way people from England pronounce Barack Obama’s name. They make his name sound like it’s O’Ballmer or Aballmer or Abawmerr. Brock Aballmer. Very Oxbridge, genteel, Anglo-Saxon, right? You know Steve Ballmer is the head of Microsoft Corporation, don’t you? Ballmer. A PC name…

It was a three-uncle job. It was a job for three uncles. It was a job for uncles in groups of three. It was a job for thrice the uncles. It was a job for a tuppence of uncles, plus one. It was a job for a ménage à l’oncles. It was a job for an avuncular trilogy. It was a job for a tripartite band of identically shaped chins. A lateral triumvirate. A chromosomal tripod. An equilateral triangle made of strategically…

How To Get Over A Breakup: 7 People On What To Read When Your Heart Is Broken

1. Ready Player One by Ernie Cline

I’m A Jew Who Sings In Church For Money

The thing churches never tell you — not in the tri-fold brochure or the pre-sermon donation plea — is they’re paying the choir a lot of money. I’m…