vol. 61

Raw

Nate Waggoner

Each morning Paula feels like dinosaur bones. You know how they’re not really bones, but sediment or silt or something that’s filled in the spaces where the bones used to be? She feels like dirt in the shape of an organism, embedded in earth. She feels like bone-shaped sediment if bone-shaped sediment could also be having a mild panic attack.

Silent Response

Hal Sirowitz

I know your mother doesn’t think / I’m the smartest person alive, / Father said. That’s why I try / to learn a new word everyday / by reading the dictionary.

The Bridge Survivor

Hal Sirowitz

If someone told you to jump / in the water while you’re on a bridge, / Father said, would you do it?

Recent News

3 weeks 5 days ago

Congrats go out to fb alum, Daniel Alarcón, whose story collection, The King Is Always Above the People, is among the 10 finalists for the National Book Award in fiction!  Alarcón has been a busy man since we had the pleasure of featuring his work

1 month 5 days ago

Our congrats go out to fb alums, Paul Auster and

3 months 2 weeks ago

You made it!  It’s failbetter volume 61.  As you’ve noticed, things are a little bit different around here

7 months 3 weeks ago

"Ugh," you say out loud as soon as you load the page.  "Who thought this was a good idea?  Really?  It took just about a year to come up with this?"