January 4, 2019

You Shared Your Favorite Books of 2018. Our Turn Next.

You Shared Your Favorite Books of 2018. Our Turn Next.

Thank you to these Coffee Club members for sharing their fave reads of the past year. For those who haven’t and would still like to do so, there’s plenty of time! The link is here. In the next installment, we baristas will share ours with you, and any others who still care to contribute. Thanks to all, and good reading in 2019! — Jack Anne Waldman’s “Trickster Feminism.” I love Anne Waldman and have followed her work for decades. Her last 3 books have been book-length pomes, a very favorite of mine. It’s energetic like a volcano, has the consciousness of a blue whale, the largest mammal on earth. There’s so much to learn here. To celebrate. Shamanic, acute intelligence, a journey we all need to take. – Joanne James * Hi Jack–Hope all is…

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January 2, 2019

Happy 2019 and a Request, Fictional Cafe Coffee Lovers!

Happy 2019 and a Request, Fictional Cafe Coffee Lovers!

OK, OK, Happy New Year to all you tea lovers, too. Hey, I just wanted to send out a personal best-wishes message and thank you for being members of our Coffee Club. And to mention that 2019 is going to be an exciting year for FC. We’ll turn six years old in May, and even before that our first annual Fictional Cafe Anthology will be published. Yes, friends, all of this is a labor of love for us, and we love you for loving what we do here. The featured photo above is your faithful head barista, taken this afternoon. My wife and I have a tradition of riding our bikes on New Year’s Day, no matter the weather, no matter how cold. Last year was sub-zero and we only lasted as long as our…

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December 13, 2018

Magda Mraz: Exploring Spirituality with Her Paint Brush

Magda Mraz: Exploring Spirituality with Her Paint Brush

Artist’s Statement: My latest painting has been informed by experiences of a spiritual nature, such as dreams, lucid dreaming, visions, and their inspiring interconnections. After my studies of art and design in New York, my interests led me toward investigations of the major comparative religions and their history and philosophy, as well as toward the study of various indigenous religions and shamanism. In search for a cohesive framework for my diverse interests, I was lucky to come across the teachings of the Integral Institute and an associated Evolutionary Collective, located in Colorado and California respectively. Their fresh and clear ideas helped me put together a coherent”backpack” from my up-to-date findings and pointed me toward the course of my future journey. Presently, I am most interested in the contemporary trend of merging the insights and findings from…

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November 30, 2018

See you in Pawtucket!

See you in Pawtucket!

Fictional Cafe will have a booth at tomorrow’s Rhode Island Author Expo! This is our second year at ARIA, and we had a blast meeting all kinds of interesting authors and publishers last time. For more info (FREE Admission) and directions, visit http://riauthorexpo.com/ We’ll have a drawing for choice Fictional Cafe swag. We hope you can make it, and look forward to meeting you! Your Fictional Cafe Baristas

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November 29, 2018

“Storming Normandy,” A Short Story by Cindy Layton

“Storming Normandy,” A Short Story by Cindy Layton

Editor’s Note: A pivotal World War II battle was fought on the beaches of France in the summer of 1944. The Normandy invasions by the Allied Forces resoundingly defeated the Germans, who occupied France, but the cost in lives was immense: over 425,000 lives were lost. Yet for the survivors, many more lives were “lost,” as Cindy Layton’s story recounts. Storming Normandy From the doorway I watched as Dad held the gun in his palm, inspecting it, not like they were old friends but business partners. It looked old but still deadly. Where did he get that? His bony fingers ran alongside the round barrel while his eyes traveled along the length of its metal frame. The door to the safe was open, exposing envelopes and a metal box. A purple velvet bag, showing the…

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November 25, 2018

An Important Announcement from Your Fictional Cafe Baristas

An Important Announcement from Your Fictional Cafe Baristas

An Important Announcement Regarding Submissions   Beginning today, November 25, 2018, Fictional Cafe won’t be accepting any new submissions until February 1, 2019. Your Baristas simply need time to catch up on reading the submissions that are currently on our desks, or are still in our queue. New work will continue to be published. If you have submitted work between June 11, 2018 and November 23, 2018, your work is being read, and you will be notified of a decision soon. Thank you for your patience and your continued support of the Fictional Cafe. ***

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November 21, 2018

“An All-American Holiday” by Adriana DeNoble

“An All-American Holiday” by Adriana DeNoble

On Thanksgiving morning, Mía put her overnight bag in the back of David’s Mini Cooper. She loved the tan leather seats, cold from the night air, scented from David’s dark rolling tobacco. His strong hands guided the steering wheel loosely. He leaned his right arm on the console and played with Mía’s fingers while he stared at the open highway ahead. At each red light he would lean over and kiss her. They ended up in David’s hometown around five in the evening. To Mía, all of the houses looked alike, most white with colorful shutters, and just a sliver of lawn between one and its neighbor. They pulled into the driveway of the last one on the block, with black shutters and round, stubby shrubs lining the front. A short set of steps led…

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November 15, 2018

David Morton Meyers Returns to FC With A New Exhibition

David Morton Meyers Returns to FC With A New Exhibition

Hey, Coffee Clubbers! Steve Sangapore, your Fine Arts Barista, here. I’ve been following several artists who have exhibited at the Fictional Café in the past and chose David Morton Meyers for a new show. Dave is currently living in Iowa, and has been working on a whole new experimental body of work that I thought would be really cool to share,  to show you a familiar face with new work and creative direction. -Steve ** Artist’s Statement Currently I have an exhibition on view at the University of Iowa’s Visual Arts Building where I am completing the final year of my Master of Fine Arts in painting with a secondary emphasis in sculpture.  This exhibition is entitled “Free Beer (Part One)” and is the sketch for my final MFA show that will occur this coming…

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November 7, 2018

Daniel Lev Shkolnik, Typewriter Poet

Daniel Lev Shkolnik, Typewriter Poet

Photo Credit: Tori Merkle Photography We met Daniel in Harvard Square, where he stood at the corner of Mass Ave and Brattle, typewriter poised to write a poem for a dollar. We asked him to write a poem for our dog, and what he pounded out on the old manual keyboard was sublime. We asked for more, and a correspondence ensued – Boston, New Orleans, Florida – and produced the following excerpts from his impressive body of work. Here’s how he describes his writing: As for the story of how I came to write poetry in Harvard Square: it has everything to do with my love affair with New Orleans, which started three years ago when I hitchhiked from New York to the Big Easy. New Orleans is a place where there’s an established legacy…

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October 30, 2018

Tonight: ZBS Presents All Hallow’s Eve!

Tonight: ZBS Presents All Hallow’s Eve!

All right, then, you radio zombies! Halloween has arrived and with it the last six episodes of ZBS Media’s “90-Second Cellphone Chillin’ Theater.” If you enjoyed Nights One and Two, Monday and Tuesday, you’re sure to enjoy night three. But if you haven’t heard Night One or Night Two and are just arriving here tonight, you can still click back and listen to a dozen more episodes from last night and the night before! Isn’t technology wonderful? “Ghouls Galore”   “Betty Big Boobs Meets Vinnie The Vampire”   “(Diva #1) Divas Of The Dark”   “Sad Regrets Of Cowgirl Clem”   “Shameful Wanda & Her Wicked Wereass”   “The Secret Smile of the Moaning Lisa”   “The Box” We at the Fictional Café, along with the gang at ZBS Media, hope you’ve enjoyed our Halloween celebration. Many…

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