1. Castoffs

    It’s the well-wrought characters in Cynthia Guenther Richardson’s short fictional piece, “Castoffs” that will grab you and keep you reading.

    Fiction
  2. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

    Nguyen is a medical professional who is struggling to process her time in Puerto Rico: “There will also be stories about patients that will make you rethink what you know about love and devotion. It was my privilege to witness all of it.”

    Commentary
  3. Recipe for Mornings After

    “Whip egg whites, expectations, preheat an oven  /  carefully cultivate delicate friendships with belligerent drunks.”

    Poetry
    Photo by meeralee via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)
  4. The Problem of Pain

    As Leslie Kendall Dye suggests, pain is indeed inherited, but treating it as an affliction need not be handed down from generation to generation.

    Family
    Illustration by Kjell Reigstad.
  5. Hunger

    A beautiful poem about longing, by M.J. Arlett: “My hunger, an unanswerable question / as big as the sky.”

    Poetry
  6. Shackleton’s Voyage, Illustrated

    Artist Alice recreates Ernest Shackleton’s voyage with surreal and foreboding illustrations.

    Art
    Illustration by Alice.
  7. Here’s How I Survived My First Week As An Unemployed Reporter

    Andrea Watson was a journalist at DNAinfo in Chicago — until suddenly there was no more DNAinfo. What’s next? More journalism. “I don’t know how to stop finding stories. Honestly, they find me. And when they do, I can’t turn my back on them.”

    Current Events
  8. Don’t Talk About “Race Cards” Unless You Want to Talk About Who Built The Deck

    “While it’s possible for this term to exist in a neutral sense, it most certainly does not.  This term exists for the sole purpose of silencing black people, policing black thought, and to protect white privilege and white comfort.”

    History
  9. beginnings ~

    We loved the simplicity and depth of tornadoday’s poem, “beginnings”: “it hardly seems / a moment passed / before the coming home / to understand / beginnings / have no end”

    Poetry
  10. Roasted Autumn Vegetable Pot Pies

    We could not agree more: “there’s something about taking pastry dough and wrapping it around, partially or completely, some kind of filling that makes it simply irresistible.”

    Cooking