In the world where everyone must pick how s/he dies

In the world where everyone must pick how s/he dies, there are warehouses where you go to choose. There are the regular things: your cancers, your strokes, your heart attacks, lined up tidily on the shelves in the front; and then, toward the middle of the rows, the more freakish ones: your car accidents and…

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Helen Phillips

Helen Phillips is the author of the novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat and the collection And Yet They Were Happy, which was named a notable collection by The Story Prize. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction. Her work has been featured on Selected Shorts, and in the New York Times, Tin House, and Electric Literature. An assistant professor of creative writing at Brooklyn College, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, artist Adam Douglas Thompson, and their children. Her collection Some Possible Solutions is forthcoming in 2016.

Dara Cochran

Dara Cochran is a multi-disciplined creative personality with backgrounds in both illustration and business administration. A freelance illustrator and fine artist, Cochran loves the challenge of tackling new subject matter, working in a variety of traditional and digital media. Her skills as an artist are as diverse as her interests, and she enjoys every opportunity to combine media, creating an aesthetic unique to each piece. Dara currently lives and works in Colorado, splitting her time between the studio and the beautiful outdoors. See more of her artwork at

First Featured In: No. 3, winter 2015

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