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Day of Birth / Night Crawlers
Each line of this terse, tense prose poem is melancholy and evocative, driving the reader toward a chillingly unexpected denouement.
Things Could Have Been Different
“You are gone, and, although others share nearly your exact same story, by some twist of fate they are alive, and you are not.” A year later, a mother writes about her newborn son’s death.
Carve & Draw
At Carve & Draw, artist Q. Rumbley takes visitors behind the scenes of her creative process, and shares insights about stippling and carving, the two off-the-beaten-path techniques she uses in her work.
All Hail the Conquering Stick Figure: A Chat with Greek Myth Comix
Laura Jenkinson at Greek Myth Comix chats with us about teaching — and illustrating — the Classics.
Abandoned, Not Forgotten: A Look at the Haunting Beauty of Modern Ruins
A look at bloggers and photographers who document the disappearing traces of everyday 20th-century life.
What the $@#%: Two Editors on Blogging About Swearing
At Strong Language, editors Stan Carey and James Harbeck blog about swearing.
This Generation Will Be Fine: Why Social Media Won’t Ruin Us
When little Tommy has the ability to pop in contact lenses to play in a virtual world and doesn’t come out of his room for a month, that generation of parents will express the same type of concern their parents did about spending time on Snapchat.Real Life
Real Life explores living with technology and publishes essays, arguments, narratives, and more. The magazine was launched by a team of editors and writers from The New Inquiry, Adult, and Hazlitt and is headed by social media theorist Nathan Jurgenson.Et in Facebook ego
He died while I was off Facebook, and news had not reached me by any other channel. But there it was. Out of nowhere and without warning my browser was haunted by the very real presence of death. Momento mori.
A Bit of Romance
From Tinder swipe to breakup in five short, sweet, sad vignettes: an online dating snapshot.This Is 40: On the Virtues of Incremental Progress
Upon turning 40, screenwriter-turned-novelist Sean Carlin writes about friendship, learning, and the value of slow, gradual growth.This Is to Mother You: On Caring for a Toxic Parent in Her Greatest Time of Need
“Despite my resentments over the secrets I had to keep and the care I was obligated to give her growing up — despite anything else at all — she is still my mother.” Jane Demuth writes about her complicated relationship with her mother.Transparency
“I was not only civil, I was gallant, / or as gallant as a girl should be / to the man of steel when he’s a molten mess / and weighing down one end of her couch, / muttering random slanders to the lamp.”
Whimsical verse recounts a late-night visit that reveals a superhero’s hidden side.