Fiction 2010

The Atlantic - Fiction 2010

Stories, poems, and essays by Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Theroux, Richard Bausch, T. C. Boyle, and more

Stories

  • Lorelei

    Lorelei

    Howell was never caught. He lent a certain grace to his grift, even value to whatever he grabbed. The widows never felt cheated.

  • A Simple Case

    A Simple Case

    Paiko had been waiting for his girlfriend to have sex with her last client when the police raided the brothel. Now he was before the kangaroo court in Area F, which had the worst torture chamber in the country.

  • Bone Hinge

    Bone Hinge

    The place where we are joined is a secret place for Hattie and me—a bone hinge covered in smooth skin. But lately, Hattie hates our hinge. She has fallen in love.

  • The Silence

    The Silence

    The nature of this retreat was silence, silence rejuvenant, unbroken, utter. Three years, three months, and three days of it in their search for enlightenment.

  • Visiting

    Visiting

    He had become used to the way Marc turned questions around. His son was like Superman in that way, catching bullets in his hand and redirecting them. His own father had never answered his questions. He was not sure which was worse, to be mocked or to be ignored.

  • The Landscape of Pleasure

    The Landscape of Pleasure

    The man next to my father at the bar winked shyly at me. I had seen this man before. His name was Russell. He wasn’t a member of our club, but he and my father were friendly. He was a former Army officer, and he restored classic cars. “He’s unstoppable,” my father often said. “That man’s unstoppable.”

Essays

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The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

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What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

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Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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