2012 Story Guide

2012 Story Guide

We debuted our online magazine, “Ara Hagopian’s The LITERATE Show” in April. Our tagline—beautiful images and the stories that drive them—represented over 30 original fiction and non-fiction pieces published in 2012.

Our goal is to reach readers. We’ve had visitors from 62 countries, with 1,000 direct-click readers in December alone.

Take a look at what Ara Hagopian’s The LITERATE Show featured in its founding year.



The more we understand, the more we can apply.



The Albino King

A man makes the wrong enemy at the side of the highway.



What Happened to Vicky Lee?

A woman tells a friend she’s off for a morning walk on an empty beach, and doesn’t come back. We’re with her every moment of that walk. So what happened to Vicky Lee?



An Invisible World

The will to love is the thin thread that connects a man and a woman.



Inside the Beast

Livestock don’t have a soul—but young Julia wasn’t sure.



Sunrise on Reeds

A child who lives at a beachfront home may never be in awe of the sunrise. It could take his moving away—and perhaps being much older—before he comes to appreciate what had shined but remained unseen.



Why We Love

A man finds the answer to an age-old question, amid a blood-soaked mess.




The Masses are Gone

A message in a bottle to Earth’s extinct species.



The Stardust Highway

There’s a trail of stars where souls of kindness show us what their existence was, and continues to be.



Leaves in Freezing Water

Permanency lies in the impression we make.



December 7th, 1941: Pearl at Moku’ume’ume

In one horrific minute in December 1941, one thousand young Navy men perished on the USS ARIZONA. They died not knowing the state of their fleet, their nation, or their families.



Depression-era Artifacts Discovered in Home Renovation

During an Everett, Massachusetts home renovation, dozens of Depression-era objects were found in a wall. Take a look at everyday items that remain perfectly preserved.



The Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

The Bridge of Flowers is a highlight of the historic western Massachusetts town of Shelburne Falls. Enjoy the photography of rural America.



Good Friends Find the Sun

Friendship is the crosscut that grabs best on differing materials. When two people share similar values but hold separate interests, the friendship potential is great.



Into the Hostile, Daily

Wildlife’s primary goal is to reproduce—and will impose itself into a hostile environment to do so.



A Strong Man’s Solution

How can a stern, perennially-unattached man communicate affection to a woman? An adept mix of Americana and modern thinking shows us one way this can be done.



Where New Music Takes Us

When new music moves us, the experience is like discovering a hidden staircase in an old, familiar house.



Keynes Phrase Inspires Abstract Bird

The Forager abstract bird drawing was influenced not just by ground finches at Maine’s Perkins Cove, but also by a brief snippet hidden in the musty pages of a January 1940 John Maynard Keynes book.



Dealing with Suicide

If Abby had survived, she would have told us that yes, her endgame was that she wanted to live, but she was paralyzed as to how to accomplish this.



Partitionism and Social Law

How can a free society safely and reliably defend itself? One community shows us how.



Textures on the Sandbar

The claim and cede of the sea produces beautiful patterns on the sandbar, as the water retreats from high to low tide.



The Singers on Live Old Radio

The 1940’s was the glory decade when radio was the primary means of household entertainment, and actual live singing could be heard over the daily airwaves.



Tree of Doubt Threatens Sandcastle City

Doubt is a shadow that blocks the sun, when we dare venture into something new.



Great Fathers

Great fathers emerge from good men.



What Broken Men See

A man who’s been ground into the gutter can dream of looking up again.



Young Newbies in the Big City

New people in New York have two things up on everyone else: they are there, and it is new.



Hidden Treasures in Old Books

Take a look at what was found tucked in a 1943 magazine—as we piece together a story hidden for over sixty years.



Hatsuyo’s Lasting Impression

A review of Saburo Sakai’s autobiography SAMURAI—and a look at the woman who inspired an eleven-year-old future artist and writer.



Dear Dad, happy Mother’s Day

A father’s death shapes a son’s life.



Slip of Paper Marks end of Pre-Web Era

A throw-away note from 1993 tells much about how the world was about to change.



Runaways, Please Call Home

You’re a young person, and you’ve run away from home. I’m asking you to call or write to someone back home to let them know you’re OK.



Fighting with a Painting

Painting is a still-life battlefield.



About Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.
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