Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Minor Gains

“You have to require an effort of your muscles that pushes them to the edges of their power.”

Oct 20, 2016
Cover Photo: painting and photo by Lucas Blanco/flickr
The Palette Knife; or, How I Rewrote My Book

It wasn’t a matter of finding my voice, but listening to it. It had been there all along.

Oct 19, 2016
Cover Photo: The will of Peter Cocke, Jona Whipple's seventh great-grandfather, from 1803.
Nineteen Slaves

“I thought I would be able to claim some exemption from the darkest time in our history.”

Oct 19, 2016
Cover Photo: photo by Adam Armstrong
What I Think of the Fact That You Keep Asking Me What My Family Thinks of My Writing

When men create characters based on themselves, they are innovative; when women do it, they’re shaming their families.

Oct 18, 2016
Cover Photo: photo by James M/flickr
Vegetables for a Dead President

“We were often unaware of the ghosts working the land beside us.”

Oct 18, 2016
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The Making of a Comics Memoir

“Over thirty years of friendship amounts to quite a few stories. I whittled away at them to form the story I wanted to tell.”

Oct 17, 2016
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
I Don’t Like Your Tone
In Cairo, teenagers—literal and figurative—were in control of everything.
Oct 07, 2016
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
They watched the uprising on the phone, while eating apricot pie.
Sep 09, 2016
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Worse Things
The classified ad said only PHONE WORK and a number. “Look,” he said. “It’s not what anybody’d call honest work.”
Aug 26, 2016
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
After the Playground
I wanted someone to play with, but I wanted to create the rules.
Oct 14, 2016
Cover Photo: photo by Jacob Bøtter/flickr
How I Talk to My Mother
We share a weakening grasp on a native language, and this is something that ties us together.
Oct 12, 2016
Cover Photo: photo by Giuseppe Milo/flickr
There Is No Violence Here
“It wasn’t fair, that his brute force dominated everything.”
Oct 11, 2016
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Common Usage Problems
A high school English teacher considers the systems that control much more than grammar.
Oct 06, 2016
Cover Photo: US President Jimmy Carter tours the South Bronx, 1977.
A Visit to Charlotte Street
“The story we tell about the Bronx is changing.”
Oct 05, 2016
Cover Photo: photo by Judson Weinsheimer/flickr
Driving to Nowhere
“The car was a sanctuary, the only place that fully offered an escape.”
Sep 28, 2016