Contemporary Fiction

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Hoping to improve the world in her own way, Sarah joins the Altruism Project only to find herself in a philosophical dilemma concerning personal motivation... More

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In a short story that is part riddle and part romance, two Zen Buddhists compete for the attention of one woman.... More

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