“The Runner” by Laird Hunt

Here’s Laird Hunt’s fantastic story “The Runner,” which we published in TIMBER Vol. 5, our latest issue. Get this and other fantastic stories in our latest issue, available here.



When I was younger I liked to go running.

I ran in Indiana.

I ran in London.

I ran in Taiwan during the monsoon.

I ran in Hong Kong.

I had a water-resistant Walkman. Bright yellow. I ran with it. I had a Prince tape. Some Kenny Loggins. Diana. Ronstadt. Trot, trot, trot.

For a time, in Indiana, I ran with a blue radio apparatus called a Bone Phone. It wrapped around your shoulders. I could run and listen to basketball games.

I ran with my uncle and cousin in Connecticut and Minnesota.

I ran, a lot, by myself.


A Digital Copy of Timber Vol. 5 Now Available

vol. 5 | 2015

Our most recent print issue dropped in April. We had a wonderful party in Denver to celebrate.

Vol. 5 has some great work by Shelly Weathers, Eric Baus, Patrick Culliton, Taira Anderson, Louis Staeble, Claire Hopple, Laird Hunt, Olivia Olson, Natalie Vestin, Brian Evenson, and many more.

Now we’ve uploaded it for your convenience. Grab the PDF of it (and our older issues) here for free!


Literary Round-Up (4.22-4.29)

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Baltimore, nonviolence, and compliance at The Atlantic.

Elisa Gabbert is starting an advice column for writers over at Electric Literature! That’s good because she’s really good at Twitter.

Also over at EL, Elysha Chang interviews Heidi Julavits about her strange new book, The Folded Clock.

Need something to read this summer? The L Magazine has fifty of them you.

Lit Hub made you some cut-out dolls of some BAMF women writers in honor of Kate Bolick’s new book Spinster. With multiple outfits!

(Kinda wishing this pup had an outfit. copyright Kate Bolick).

(Kinda wishing this pup had an outfit. copyright Kate Bolick).

FC2 author Gregory Howard is interviewed about his book Hospice.

Also, 3AM Magazine editor Tristan Foster “interviews” Australian writer Gerald Murnane.

James Yeh on the recent hub-bub of PEN’s recent award to Charlie Hebdo.

Largehearted Boy has a list of some tunes Ryan Chapman was listening to while he wrote Conversation Sparks.

“900 pages of distinctly non-literary masochism” is how one one-star Amazon review described Roberto Balano’s 2666. More over at Biblioklept.