Sara Lippmann’s Read it Loud: “The Bare Essentials: In the Night Kitchen”

This is the latest in Sara Lippmann’s Read it Loud: Notes From Storytime. To go to the column page, please click here. Mickey’s penis was my first. I was four, maybe five. The book, Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen, must have been a gift, as I can’t imagine my parents having paid money for […]

Colony Collapse poems by Erin Lyndal Martin

Colony Collapse:  But There are Ordinary Deaths Too You can tell me the bees are dying.  It is an epidemic. You unfold a map from somewhere. There are pictures of mites and watercolor washes to simulate climate change.  Surely some of these were just nature. Sift through.  Find me the ones that are different. The […]

Reflections from Illinois: The Fear

“I understand that fear is my friend, but not always. Never turn your back on Fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.” – Hunter S. Thompson, “Kingdom of Fear” I. I believe in math, in the primacy of data.  I believed the polls in […]

Reflections from Virginia: Signifying A Hospital

The morning after the election, I walked three blocks to my nearest federal government institution, which, luckily for me, is run by the National Park Service—the Chimborazo Medical Museum, a unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. The hospital at Chimborazo was the largest of the Confederacy’s medical facilities, and over the course of the war, […]

“The After-Life of a Defeated Politician” by Meg Tuite’s Exquisite Quartet

This is the latest in Meg Tuite’s Exquisite Quartet. To go to the column page, please click here. Three more boxes arrived Monday morning. Simone knocked on Cliff’s door and came in. Cliff signed for the purchases and smiled at her hoping she might stay. They’d had manic sex the night she’d arrived, but that […]

Reflections from Ohio: Battle Scarred

I know last week’s election was about more than who is going to be president. Local races, school levies, marriage, legalization, the house and senate, yes.  But here in Ohio, it felt very much like just one race. The race. The Big One. I’m not sure anyone who doesn’t live in a battleground state can […]

Reflections from Alabama: The Demagogue and the Substitute

I told myself I wouldn’t do this. I was going to ignore the slowly rolling in election results — the incremental light up of the U.S. map into red or blue, like some sort of distorted Christmas tree, with Maine as the tiny tippy-top. There were a million things I could have been doing instead […]

Making Music We Like: A Conversation With Big Harp

Chris and Stefanie formed Big Harp in December 2010, and released their debut album, White Hat, in 2011. They will release their sophomore album, Chain Letters, on January 22 via Saddle Creek. More at *** Prologue  Outside I can hear the palm rats scraping their way up the rough trunks of the Mexican Fans (Washingtonia robusta) in […]

Author’s Playlist: The Alligators of Abraham by Robert Kloss

Below is a list of songs that Robert Kloss has recommended for his novel, The Alligators of Abraham. BOOK I “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” by Pete Seeger Hopefully the early pages of my novel mirror the enthusiasm and optimism of this song, confetti-strewn streets, marching bands, a kiss stolen from the farm girl down […]

Reflections from Washington State: Love Takes All

11/6,  Election Day 6:00 pm: It is time to stop writing and start watching returns. I park myself on the red couch in the basement and turn on CNN. My partner, Adam, texts from the east coast lamenting how late it is there. We know absolutely nothing about our adopted state of Washington and won’t […]