With Sour Heart, poet Jenny Zhang is making her prose debut. The collection of short stories is composed of several loosely interlinked tales centered around the lives of Chinese-American teenage girls in New York City. …


Featured image Kubrick by Rick Harris licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) and cropped to fit the format of this article.

Recently, BBC Culture polled 177 film critics from 36 countries to find the best movies of recent memory. Or, more precisely, the 21st century’s 100 greatest films. They named David Lynch’s surreal masterpiece Mulholland Drive from 2001 as number one.

The idea of the BBC editors was that such lists…


You know you’re a writer if the end of October fills you with a certain kind of eagerness and trepidation: NaNoWriMo is upon us. That’s short for National Novel Writing Month, a stunt where writers the world over try to pull off churning out 50,000 words during the month of…


A portrait

He always uses the same parting words. Maybe he pats him on the shoulder, maybe he rests his hand there for a moment, his jacket slung over his own shoulder. More often than not, he leaves his newspaper behind.

They rarely have a conversation. He arrives, acknowledges the other’s presence…


Short story by Jakob Straub

for Manuel

The following is an excerpt from a short story that was published in an edited version in Flowers & Serpents, Volume 3: A Summer Reader of Short Fiction by New Niu Press.

Daniel Brinks awoke to the fact that rent was overdue. A four note fortissimo startled him…


15-M in Ronda, 2011 — “Y Grecia tambien”

I took this picture in 2011, in Ronda, of all places. On May 15 that year, the anti-austerity movement hit the streets and squares: Movimiento 15-M, los indignados, Democracy Real Ya and many more movements and networks organized protests and camps in well over 50 cities. …

Jakob Straub

I’m a professional freelance writer. Stories about about writing, literature, productivity and procrastination with interesting findings.

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