The Ten Dullest Authors: A Symposium (1923)
A Group of Eminent Literary Specialists

The Ten Dullest Authors: A Symposium (1923)

In 1923, nine of the most prominent literary experts were asked by the editors of Vanity Fair to name "the ten great writers whom they found most thoroughly boring.
Pedro Carolino's New Guide of the Conversation in Portuguese and English
Mark Twain, Pedro Carolino

Pedro Carolino’s New Guide of the Conversation in Portuguese and English


In this world of uncertainties, there is, at any rate, one thing which may be pretty confidently set down as a certainty:
Octaves in G
Howard Altmann

Octaves in G

This god, that god, your god.
The peacock is in the zoo.
The light-keeper is fanning colors.
Alkali Desert Stories
Dan Torop

Alkali Desert Stories

In 1861, Mark Twain traveled by stagecoach from St. Joseph, Missouri to the Nevada Territory.
Nalda Said
Stuart David

Nalda Said

I've begun to think now that I maybe just panicked this afternoon, and then over-reacted some. But I'm still not sure yet, I still don't know for sure.
Three Letters
Jason Viseltear

Three Letters

Dear P,
A colleague of mine who does long term restorations of important instruments has been bringing back to life the instrument the great cellist Pablo Casals...
Three Short Essays
Sydney Lea

Three Short Essays

The world swelters, even at twilight on this August Sunday. My great love naps, her hair lank and humid across her forehead. The blunt protrusion of an empty wine bottle from last night’s party,
The Diary of a Forty-Niner
Chauncey L. Canfield

The Diary of a Forty-Niner

JUNE 29, 1851.—They are going to have a Fourth of July celebration and barbecue at Selby Flat in opposition to Nevada. Half a dozen more families have settled there in the last month. Both of the Missouri girls are married; women can't stay single long in this country.
The Arrangements
Spencer Gauthier

The Arrangements

The world is spinning and I realize
I’m the only poet at this Bain Capital party
There is one bottle of each of the best
High end spirits, a treadmill, and an Xbox,
Songs in Helvetica
Stuart David

Songs in Helvetica

It begins. It thumps with glee.
A two note school-ruler-on-desktop buzz jam.
Snares crackle, bass drums thud,
And a haunted voice carrying fragile strands of melody
Skeletons in the Closet
Nora Johnson

Skeletons in the Closet

Ordinariness has always eluded me. Not that I ever searched for it very hard – it was too much fun to wow my classmates with tales of my rather colorful childhood...
Roman Sonnet
Lucas Hunt

Roman Sonnet

I ask for symbols and you deliver them.
An Iowa shirt, building sign, cup of grappa
at the hotel before an evening walk,
Rings and Slot. Three of the Casinos in Nairobi County.
Isaac Iselin

Rings and Slot. Three of the Casinos in Nairobi County.

At Jokers’ Casino I am allowed complimentary grilled-cheese for a 2000 shilling stake any given night. A Fanta in glass was certainly on the table for a day’s bets, but only as a matter of inclination;
Georgian First Sentences, 1922, by 17 authors (with portraits)
Various

Georgian First Sentences, 1922, by 17 authors (with portraits)

Let us start at the beginning...