Zoetrope: All-Story is a finalist for the 2020 ASME Award for Fiction, the highest honor due an American periodical, for the stories “The Grotesques” by Sarah Hall and “24, Alhaji Williams Street” by ’Pemi Aguda...
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NEWS & EVENTS
The editors are thrilled to announce the release of the Winter 2019/2020 edition, designed by the artist and legendary skater Mark Gonzales, with contributions from Man Booker Prize finalist David Means and National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree Thomas Pierce, among others.
Guest judge Tommy Orange has announced results of the 2019 Short Fiction Competition! Many thanks to all who entered. We’re grateful for the introduction to your work.
FROM THE ARCHIVE
My Own Private Idaho
Gus Van Sant
Released twenty-five years ago, in 1991, and starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, My Own Private Idaho remains a landmark of American independent cinema. The source story appears publicly for the first time.
A boy enters the frame wearing an oversize Texaco gas station attendant’s shirt with the name Mike sewn on it. His name is George. He is a twelve-year-old Chicano. He has a six-year-old dog with him that looks like an Australian dingo. The clouds are puffy against a deep blue sky. The road is red, with a solid white line dividing the two lanes.
George looks at the road, he talks to someone offscreen. He says, “You can always tell where you are by the way the road looks. Like I just know I’ve been to this place before . . .