by Ryan Sartor
I got a job as a custodian because I thought it would be a good occupation for an aspiring writer. I had gone to film school, but soon realized I didn’t understand cameras or where to put them, so I decided I would write fiction: novels and short stories.
I knew that I needed to acquire two things: life experience and a job that provided me with a room, outside of my apartment, in which I could write. I thought to sign up for a co-working space, but I got anxious imagining the other members. Would they also be writers? Would they stop me while I was working and ask questions about my personal life? Would I tell them that I didn’t want to talk, be labeled “difficult,” try to get back my deposit, and find out it was too late because I’d locked myself into a six-month agreement?
by Ryan Sartor
I’d been sleeping with two women, both named Claire. Well, just one woman, really. Claire P. was the one I had sex with. Claire M. slept over, but we just kissed. My roommate, Randall, hated the situation.
“You’ve been seeing both of them for close to a year,” he said. “There has to be an assumption of monogamy.”
“Why would anyone assume that?”
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Ian King and Blake Schwarzenbach, a review of Maryse Meijer’s new book, and more.
In our afternoon reading: new writing from Lauren Elkin, an excerpt from Kelly Luce’s novel, and more.
For the last few years, Vol.1 Brooklyn has been pleased to take part in Popsickle, an annual literary event bringing together readers and literary organizations from throughout the city. This year’s edition will take place at The Living Gallery (1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY) on the weekend of June 20th and 21st. Representing Vol.1 Brooklyn will be: Kashana Cauley Mensah Demary Ryan Sartor
Hamilton Heights by Ryan Sartor He rang the doorbell and felt his phone. “Is that you?” “Yes.” Inside the hallway, he spoke to her, the door opening into the mattress, into the middle of the room. College papers, handwritten letters, personality quizzes and mood questionnaires, assigned, filled out, used as bookmarks. Plates, bowls, cups, smaller bowls used as cups, a magazine, nail polish, lipstick on the dresser, the kitchen table, the bench against the back wall. He held flowers, soap, […]