For the last time he woke up, the famous actor, the renowned thespian, winner of two Academy Awards, one for Best Supporting Actor, another for Best Actor, a Screen Actors Guild Award, three Independent Spirit Awards, two Golden Globes both for Best Actor; a figure so highly regarded in his…


“It’s like I always say, a fake gun won’t shoot.”

“What?”

“It’s a saying, I say, like, a fake gu-”

“No, no, James says that. It’s James’ thing,” he said.

“No, I told James about it, I explained it to him when his neighbour was suing him for the porcupine…


Vera Magda, who was teased mercilessly for her braces, a legal name consisting of two first names, particles of an abortive yet ever budding mustache, hairy-yet-to-ever-be-waxed arms and legs, moved away from her hometown of Fort McMurray at age 18, and never thought of returning.

However, after graduating from Concordia…


The flight to Dallas had been delayed by an hour. The delay occurred only after the passengers had already boarded, stuffed their carry-ons in overhead compartments in a muddy game of horizontal tetris, settled into their respective seats, elbowed neighbours to establish dominance and claim their arm rests, unspooled their…


The blank sprawling road stretched out ahead of the car, only sprinkled with red tail lights and flanked by a dark desert populated by scrawny coyotes and cacti.

Detective Wu wore his fedora and his suit despite the heat and smoked his slim lucky strikes as he was stuck in…


In a freezing cold hotel room, Mick sat on the bed and discussed his plans for the new tour with the latest tour manager to be hired after five quit.

“What if we had a giant lizard come out, like a huge mammoth of a lizard,” Mick said.

“Like a…


The chamber is cool. I sit inside it and wait for it to all end. The faces stare at me, boiling with rage and impregnated with anticipation.

I see one guy whisper something to a guard. He nods. He pulls down a lever. …


“The scheme of life is being traded for the safety of a state!”

“Can’t you just be a normal kid and have dinner in front of the tv or something…”

“But we’re trading our dignity for a teleocratic definition of society that doesn’t let us live a genuine individual life!”


It was dark out. The thick jungle trees were covering up the sky so the stars weren’t even visible.

Sleeping in the camp was something I hated. The heat and the mosquitoes and the hissing pythons were magnified in the silence of the dead cold jungle night.

Margo usually goes…


He was skinny and youthful. Now, at the age of 23, the banks had given him full control of his inheritance. A tool company, several mines, and a chain of grocery stores.

He stood observing the endless vista of a harsh, barren desert; several aides behind him, older men, experienced…

Youssef El Besher

If output is a constant, quality is a variable

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