Author Archives: Stefen Styrsky

About Stefen Styrsky

Stefen Styrsky's fiction has appeared in The Offing, Number Eleven Magazine, Inch, and the Tahoma Literary Review. A few years ago he earned an MA degree in fiction writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Stefen lives in Washington, DC.

More Dramatic Than the Situation It Depicts

A while back I went to a retrospective for the late American photographer Gary Winogrand. Part of the exhibit was a short film recording of Winogrand giving a talk to a group of UCLA students. During the question and answer … Continue reading

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Reflections in a Golden Eye

I wrote a brief review/essay on the 1967 movie Reflections in a Golden Eye that is now streaming on FilmStruck. The film is directed by John Huston, the same guy who  helmed such classics as The Maltese Falcon and The … Continue reading

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Flash Friday: Botox at Whitman-Walker

Botox at Whitman-Walker I once went to the Whitman-Walker Clinic with Billy so he could get his Botox injections. The clinic was only a few blocks from his apartment, but he said he wasn’t feeling great and didn’t think he … Continue reading

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Loneliness and the Romance of Death

The film and culture website Vague Visages has been kind enough to accept my latest movie essay. This one is on the 2013 French thriller Stranger by the Lake. Please have a read if you get the chance!

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Portraits of Women in Film Noir

An essay I wrote about the use painted portraits of women appear in classic film noir is now up on the film site Vague Visages. They’d love it over there if you gave it a read. (Well, I would too!)

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Paper Airplanes

My short story Paper Airplanes has been published by Day One, a weekly literary magazine run by Amazon. I’m very happy that the story has finally found a home. First draft to final version took three years. In that time … Continue reading

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Buried

Buried Even though there was that Sunday you found yourself strung-out behind Whole Foods, banging on the metal service door you imagined was the entrance to a secret nightclub, and only took off when a stock boy called the cops, … Continue reading

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A New Man

A New Man Then there was this time Donnie and I sold drugs out of the Motel 6 on Georgia Avenue. We didn’t mean it to happen, but Donnie was staying there so he could be near his brother, Winchester, … Continue reading

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Paper Airplanes

My short story Paper Airplanes has been published by Day One, a weekly literary magazine run by Amazon. I’m very happy that the story has finally found a home. First draft to final version took three years. In that span … Continue reading

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Nocturama: A Film by Bertrand Bonello

My review of the movie Nocturama directed by Bertrand Bonello is up at the Litbreak site. Nocturama premiered at the 2016 Cannes film festival, but was never released theatrically in the US. However, it’s available for streaming on Netflix.

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