Dr. Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic. He’s replaced the last doctor — also named Dr. Gilmer — who went to prison for murder. But the more Dr. Gilmer talks to his new patients, the more confused he becomes. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer.
Stories that are Strange
Lewis Greenberg is fighting to preserve a giant installation in his yard, Holocaust Revisited. He calls the neighbors who object Nazis, but it’s not nearly so black and white.
What if the moon were just a jump away? A beautiful answer to that question comes in Italo Calvino’s story, read live by Liev Schreiber.
Completing an accurate map of all the stars in the night sky is the lifelong goal of astonomer and self-confessed nocturnal hermit Brian Skiff. Diane Hope documents a night in the life of one of this dwindling number of professional stargazers.
As a teenager, Jessica Riddle and her friends would pick up the phone and dial the letters “H-E-A-T-H-E-R.” An old man would pick up the phone and talk to them. At first they were prank calling. But it turned out to be much more.
A contemplation of time and mortality, including stories about a family’s tragic visit to Palestine and a man who attends a dinner party after learning he might be dying.
Jarrod Livingstone was once officially dead for three minutes. His sister wants to know what the experience was like, but he refuses to talk about it.
Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a “solar-powered jukebox.”
The story of a Christian card counting team, and why they saw no contradiction in being devout Christians who spent their days in casinos.
An idealistic and serious man, a progressive politician, and the most popular mayor in Cincinnati history — that all describes the former life of talk show host Jerry Springer.