Author Archives: Paul Florez

Just Who is Jessica Chastain Playing in X-Men: Dark Phoenix?

Brace yourself, True Believers. The Phoenix Force is coming to earth in X-men: Dark Phoenix, slotted to hit theaters November 2, 2018. Sophie Turner returns as telepathic powerhouse Jean Grey and she’s in for the fight of her life in this big screen adaptation of the classic X-men story, The Dark Phoenix Saga. Jessica Chastain,

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Five Must-Read Joan Didion Essays

  I’ve made no secret of my love and admiration for Joan Didion. I first read her when I was an editorial assistant at a big publishing house. Blue Valentine was the movie everyone in the bullpen was discussing, and I YouTubed Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams to see how their chemistry translated off-screen (it

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The Top 10 Best Skottie Young Baby Variant Covers

Unless you’re living under a rock then you already know that Secret Wars is in full throttle, and that the Marvel Universe has come to an end. We can’t help be sad…for like a minute. Because once the dust settled and all that was left was Battleworld, we nearly wet our skinny jeans. For our

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The Profile

The Profile Single South Asian male, in thirties, looking for wife By Mariam Zafar   Please message me only if you are between the ages of 18 and 22 and have taken substantial steps to pursue a career in law or medicine and can keep up with intellectual conversation should I choose to take you

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Author Spotlight: Mariam Zafar

Mariam Zafar is a Pakistani-American writer pursuing her MFA in Poetry at The New School. A desert dweller at heart, she writes between Miami, Dubai, and New York City. She is the 2015 winner of the Paul Violi Prize in Poetry, and her work is currently forthcoming in Bird’s Thumb. When she’s not working on her collection of poems, you

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from Flesh Graphs by Brynne Rebele-Henry

  from Flesh Graphs by Brynne Rebele-Henry   58. Spray tan, he keeps saying things about me like divine, and baby, and scrumptious. Of my bikini: hot, hot, hot. His porno beard. His affinity for unicorn butt plugs and bedazzling. 59. I fucked them in a car with no heat, it was winter and our

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I roll up my sleeves instead of opening the driver’s side window, worried that a couple different emotions – jealousy, anger, confusion – will be snorted up my nostrils. Long Island in the spring, there’s nothing quite like it. Like the suns appearance after 67 straight days of darkness in Barrow, Alaska. A feeling of relief.

Fragments of a Silicon Valley Childhood

Fragments of a Silicon Valley Childhood by Ary Chest Because most of the companies that make it famous are headquartered in the small towns surrounding the large but sleepy city of San Jose, growing up in Silicon Valley is generally written off as any suburban upbringing. To me, that was never the case. While, like

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The Student Reading

The Student Reading by Paul Florez Back in July, I wrote at length about my hopes and fears for the first student reading I’d be hosting at The New School. The story was published with Slice magazine, and I ended it on a relatively positive note, saying we’ll have to wait till September to see

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