And Other Silly Things

The deadline ticks… One hour, fifty-nine minutes to go. Days of preparation, culmination, crafting, all in anticipation of this very moment. Four carefully crafted essays, intertwined and designed to carry readers on a journey, bring them into the fold, offer a glimpse of the rarely seen…

Happiness is not a destination but a dream, and you need room to pursue it

Somewhere Out There by Sammi Rudkus

What is the great marker of happiness? A good job, a loving partner, a family that makes you proud? Ask anyone what their idea of a happy life is and the overwhelming response will be…

(and why facebook isn’t helping)

America just celebrated its 245th anniversary of independence from England. Which is its own white lie, anyway. Email didn’t exist, so signing a declaration on July 4th meant dick to the crown or any other nation of the world. July 4th might as well be called “We don’t like dad…

Nothing of my life is particularly normal aside from eating a couple times a day, being exceedingly amused by American politics, and suffering from opioid-induced constipation. Truly, I haven’t had a good shit in weeks.

I tell jokes for money, spend most of that money on ridiculous hats, and my…

Who will know if we were ever really here?

One year ago today, I was at death’s door. (You might have read the story).

If you’ve never experienced knowing you’re going to die—I mean knowing in such a way that you’re wide-eyed surprised when death passes you by—then all you have is your imagination to suggest how you might…

“The madness draws us,” she says, glancing down to consider the cigarette that smolders at her fingers’ tips, “it leads us and then leaves us.” She meets his eyes again. “And when it goes, it’s us that say it’s gone for good. But look around us” — he had let…

“Clouds in the Head”

Introduction

Photographs have the power to speak to us in ways that words fall short. The first televised presidential debate persuaded viewers that JFK resoundingly bested Nixon, while those that listened on the radio drew a different conclusion. We all know the famous words beamed down to Earth less than a…

Sammi Rudkus

Unrepentant humorist and day-drinker with flexible morality seeking meaningful one-night stand-ups and forgettable moments captured on disposable film

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