TBR 10th Anniversary Quiz

With 59 issues—all previous material stored in the archives—TBR is brimming over with fiction that cuts, digs, probes, pushes boundaries, transgresses, and sometimes exists for the sheer hilarity of it.  Click onto the Complete TBR by Issue, and look for the following. (Clues to titles can sometimes be found in the description.)  If you don’t find the answer, you’ll at least find some spunky fiction of the more unusual kind. The winner will receive a 30-euro (£20 / $30) gift certificate to spend at Amazon; in case of a tie, a name will be drawn. Deadline: August 25, 2007



Name the short story and the author:


1. In this short story, a young boy takes up with his sister’s Barbie, talking to her, feeding her Valium, and eventually doing the dirty.  

2. Eldridge and Broom have a mad, salivating dog under their trailer.

3. “Lookin eftir a fat cunt wi nae fuckin legs! That will be fuckin shinin bright! It wis her ain fault as well, the fuckin fat cunt. Fuckin things up fir me like that. No thit the game wis anything tae write hame aboot mind you, another fuckin  nil-nil draw but, eh.” 


4. “He was careful tying the rope to the hook and only let go of me once he was sure it was going to take my weight . . .Patrick sat in the corner of the room masturbating while I swung gently from side to side unable to move my arms or legs, a double amputee. He just  watched and wanked, which I decided was not on.”

5. Set New Year’s Eve of the millennium, our protagonist worries about his addiction.


6. “At her first parent-teacher conference with Dornan's parents (and their lawyer), Dornan's father was blunt, reciting a speech he'd made before: "So we screwed up the boy. So what? Unscrew him. That's your job."  Story set in Quillifarkeag, Maine.  

7. Translated from the Spanish, this young mother goes to an audition for a porn movie where she’s told she’ll have to do ”a bit of French and a bit of Cuban.” 

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8. On his twelfth birthday, this Scottish lad spends the evening traveling around the city on a bus as we get the running commentary in his heid.

9. A loner and drifter ends up driving cross country with a young girl, dying of cancer, who longs to get away from her stifling, religious dad.  And it’s not sad. 


10. Middle-age guy buys a low rider and life opens up, kind of. 

11. Mother picks up a runaway on the way to work, gives him a hundred and fifty dollars to get back to his people in Florida where she expects her married daughter, a guidance counselor, to pick him up the next day and speak to him about “careers.”


12. New teacher at primary school must take over from former teacher whose husband had walked in the schoolroom and shot her in the head in front of the pupils.

13. London yuppies all envy the perfect couple, but no matter how much they try to emulate their panache—such as giving their kids names like Queenie, so quirky and charming, coming from the perfect couple—it’s never quite the same for the rest of them.  


14. Young girl stuck with baby-sitting a 6-year-old on the streets of San Francisco finds it hard not to dip into her pill stash. 

15. Guy’s car, in which he’s living and trying to sell, only goes forward. 

16. Another young girl, this one living in a boarding house, finds solace in listening to the radio with an 81-year-old man. 

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17. Teenaged boy’s parents have been killed and he must deal with it in his own dark and haunting way. 

18. Three guys illegally haul a sedated narwhal in their flatbed, encountering trouble when it begins to wake up.


19. Veteran hitchhiker gets all caught up in a small Texas town for way too long.  Writer best known as a country-western singer. 

20. A Scottish worker in a sewing factory wins the lottery and—with strong motives known only to her—hires a band of bagpipers to march into the factory where she can resign.


21. A university professor who on weekends lives far from civilization in a National Forest gets a knock on the door one night from two half-drunk women; his underwear plays a crucial role.

22. Scottish guy, living in America, takes his American girlfriend back to his hometown for a wedding. Against his better judgment.


23. Middle-aged professor at the end of his tether suddenly finds his life becoming more complicated by his run-in with a teenaged girl. 

24. Repo man runs into ultra-bizarre repo situation.  

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