Ellen Klages gave us a nine-year-old take on Columbus Day, and envisaged being the first novelist in space. Meg Pokrass flashed about imagining oral sex, making people nervous, and the cold calls of a starving actress. David Ira Cleary provided his story "Flowers of Nicosia," about a post-9/11 rock band. Jimmy Chen answered questions from strangers about sex, airports, and elegance. Na'amen Tilahun gave us a taste of one of his novels in progress, featuring scenes about fleeing prisoners and an interrogation by priests.