Essays

Voyons, Voyons: Henry James and the Limits of Sympathy

There is a pattern in Henry James’s plots, especially those of the 1890s, which must have been a kind of formal, compositional game. These stories, which often begin in a...

The Temporality of Rhetoric

I. ALLEGORY AND SYMBOL


The Rationality of Your Duty – or – What You Think Your Fathers Wanted

So there LeRoy Spencer sits, arranging the last stray pieces of the day’s paperwork beneath the dull white drone of the fluorescent lights overhead, the vague, parasitic feeling persisting in...

Tension, Resistance

Elaine clutched the wooden leg of Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna and quickly put it in her duffle bag. She had gone with her friend Reed to the...

Tammy

Tammy i’m broken tammy you’re winning tammy look how i use your name i can’t hit shift tammy the system is shot have you appeared at my window tammy no...

Spearfish Canyon

The morning sun was high and generous above the canyon. For miles around, the lines of fly fishermen were being cast out to the tips of running creeks and repelled...

Short Talk on Booksellers

Anonymous asks: What is your opinion of booksellers?


Matter

1. I was sick. My body was wracked with spasms. I lost control of it. My mouth constantly spewed the things found most despicable by my neighbors. My body bent...

March 30, 1981

He waves. A gun blast. Shoulders hunch. Heads duck. Bodies drop. Black smudges vision. Bodies pile on. Three bleed on the asphalt. “A sudden burst of six pops.” Hand in...

Lines of Bisection: An (A)e(s)th(et)ic(al) Suspension of the Telelogical

“There is no human who exists metaphysically.”
—Kierkegaard


From the Cretaceous

Right below me lies the coast, its cliffs being patted gently by the waves, with the wind blowing off-shore. Do animals also have roads? I do not know whose footsteps...

Film Your Daughters!

Here’s one for you: A teenage girl, as bored and buxom as she is naively powerful, learns some big things about the world as soon as she drops her drawers....

Farther From Shore: My Time in Havana

Havana stands 228 miles across the Gulf Stream from Miami; it is a port town, with a seawall—along which crowds of people walk almost daily—a harbor, and an old fort...

Etonne-Moi!

“When I have inspired universal horror and disgust, I shall have conquered solitude.”
—Charles Baudelaire, Intimate Journals

1. Roland Barthes: Freudian subject. Read Camera Lucida. No...

Daughter Cells: Biological Contamination and Communal Survival

“Political mama, ideological mama, influential mama. .dem kill my mama. dem kill my mama, dem kill my mama, dem kill my mama, dem kill my mama.” —Kuti...

Choose Your Own Adventure

Decades after America slipped her nitrile-gloved fist into the cloaca of the Fertile Crescent, having penetrated the uterus of civilization with depleted uranium-tipped awe and Gödelian shock of a tangled...

Bottled

They called the cat Clooney because he was a ladies’ man. Whenever I walked into the room at the animal rescue foundation, he would set his paws on my shoulders,...

Bottle Cap Theory

Then the hydrogen bomb exploded! And I don’t have to tell you that the capitalist bastards were caught with their pants quite down around their pale little ankles, having not...

Aphorisms

It begins and we are all wonderers.


Amateur Meth Cooks and the Deep Internet: A Convergence of Social Justice and Emerging Technologies

And I guess you would call it one of those quintessential New York City vacation moments: looking out the window to realize it is the dawn of a new day,...

A Treatise on the King of Bulgaria

There is a man with whom I share a birthday: the King of Yugoslavia, Alexander I, who ruled during World War I. During his rule almost a million Yugoslavs...

[Untitled] by Ashlee Cermak

i found out about the lump in my right breast three weeks before i got married. it was my first visit with a new gynecologist, a round and rosy woman...

My Achilles

In January, I tested my first pair of Asics. Each morning at 5:30, I ran through deserted halls, up over rusty wooden empty bleachers, and sprinted to burst open wide...

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