On Joyland Toronto: “If Life Gave Me Lemons” a bittersweet story by Kerry Clare “Yumi’s pregnant,” he said, and his expression went slack. “And it’s mine. Apparently.” Read More: http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/toronto/if_life_gave_me_lemons

On Joyland Toronto: “If Life Gave Me Lemons” a bittersweet story by Kerry Clare

“Yumi’s pregnant,” he said, and his expression went slack. “And it’s mine. Apparently.”

Read More: http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/toronto/if_life_gave_me_lemons

Interesting talk includes insight from three past Joyland contributors. 

It’s crazy to think back on the life cycle of this story. The summer of 2009…that means it took five years for me to get from the nugget of an idea about a guy and the weather to this piece that now lives on the Joyland Magazine website.

I wanted to document this as a reminder to my future…

(Source: exrpan.com)


I have been living in the library for nearly thirty years. 

On Joyland New York, a story by Wah-Ming Chang.

I have been living in the library for nearly thirty years.

On Joyland New York, a story by Wah-Ming Chang.


Vashti read the bear policy posted at the start of the trail twice before she decided to walk with us.  She made one command. “If we gone do this shit, y’all can’t pull out no snacks, no water, no nothing. Ain’t no bear bout to fuck with me. Y’all asses gone follow these policies.”

A perfectly observed and startling story about masculinity (and bears) from LaToya Watkins on Joyland South. 

Vashti read the bear policy posted at the start of the trail twice before she decided to walk with us.  She made one command. “If we gone do this shit, y’all can’t pull out no snacks, no water, no nothing. Ain’t no bear bout to fuck with me. Y’all asses gone follow these policies.”

A perfectly observed and startling story about masculinity (and bears) from LaToya Watkins on Joyland South. 

From Joyland Toronto, “Difficult People” by Catriona Wright  These talks are mandatory, aimed at increasing our productivity. The week prior I’d received an email from the organizer, Owen Peck. He promised “tactics to deal with Downers, Moochers, Whiners, Passive Aggressives and all other Energy Vampires in your lives!!” Sounds like Devon, I thought. Read More: http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/toronto/difficult_people

From Joyland Toronto, “Difficult People” by Catriona Wright

These talks are mandatory, aimed at increasing our productivity. The week prior I’d received an email from the organizer, Owen Peck. He promised “tactics to deal with Downers, Moochers, Whiners, Passive Aggressives and all other Energy Vampires in your lives!!” Sounds like Devon, I thought.

Read More:
http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/toronto/difficult_people


Pick a weather, Eugene said.
I crossed my arms. Snow. Bet you can’t do snow.
Snow? Well … might be complicated.


A fantastic story by Emily X.R. Pan. They both have their tricks: he can change the weather; she won’t say what she can do.

Pick a weather, Eugene said.

I crossed my arms. Snow. Bet you can’t do snow.

Snow? Well … might be complicated.

A fantastic story by Emily X.R. Pan. They both have their tricks: he can change the weather; she won’t say what she can do.



NEW TRUTH & FICTION PODCAST: ANDREW LEWIS CONN
Emily talks with Andrew Lewis Conn about his new novel, O Africa! Set in 1928, the novel follows twin brothers from Coney Island as they embark on their latest film project. They talk about writing historical fiction, avoiding too much research and what it was like to grow up in Brooklyn and attend the same high school the Beastie Boys did.  Download for free at iTunes.


Comeback Monday, when we host an exclusive excerpt from O’ Africa!

NEW TRUTH & FICTION PODCAST: ANDREW LEWIS CONN

Emily talks with Andrew Lewis Conn about his new novel, O Africa! Set in 1928, the novel follows twin brothers from Coney Island as they embark on their latest film project. They talk about writing historical fiction, avoiding too much research and what it was like to grow up in Brooklyn and attend the same high school the Beastie Boys did.  Download for free at iTunes.

Truth & Fiction

Comeback Monday, when we host an exclusive excerpt from O’ Africa!


Danny DeVito kisses my hand, which is strangely thrilling. 

From author and actress (Iron Man 3, ER) Yvonne Zima’s surreal story of Hollywood sisters, a pre-Oscar party, and a lethal parrot. 
Read the rest.
Photo by Pippa Black.

Danny DeVito kisses my hand, which is strangely thrilling. 


From author and actress (Iron Man 3, ER) Yvonne Zima’s surreal story of Hollywood sisters, a pre-Oscar party, and a lethal parrot.

Read the rest.

Photo by Pippa Black.

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