Cover Photo: A photograph of the Golem, a small clay-fired figure with the Hebrew word for "truth" carved into its chest, standing amidst dry grass illuminated from within by a candle.
Photograph courtesy of the author

To Get Through My Divorce, I Raised the Golem

It was an acrimonious divorce. I wanted justice. I settled for truth.

Pam Mandel is a writer, photographer, and ukulele player from Seattle, Washington. Her book, The Same River Twice, is a gritty coming-of-age travel memoir. She cofounded The Statesider, a publication about American travel. Find her online at or @nerdseyeview.