A pack of dogs, a husband’s secret, an obsessive ex
Featuring Lorenzo Milam, Tram Nguyen, Brian Doyle, and more.
Intimacy With Fear
If we commit ourselves to staying right where we are, then our experience becomes very vivid. Things become very clear when there is nowhere to escape.
She loved the serene brutality of the ocean, loved the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.
Sylvia Earle On Why We Need To Protect The Oceans
We have measured a sharp decrease in oxygen in the ocean over the last fifty years. If the ocean has less oxygen, then less is going into the atmosphere as well. I don’t want to mess around with my oxygen-generating system. Ask any astronaut how important your oxygen-generating system is. Shouldn’t this be the highest priority of every man, woman, and child — to be able to breathe?
The next two hours are the most precious I will ever spend with my father. He is alert and not visibly suffering. Though not a chatterbox, he converses with us all.
In Praise Of Incompetence
That word, competence, came to me after my six-year struggle; it came as an alternative, if not an outright escape hatch, to the daily grind of despair.
My sister Nell and I were standing on the banks of the Duvallis River, waiting for a man to float down it.
For a term paper I demanded a Louis Vuitton purse. For a take-home midterm, a Tiffany bracelet.
All The While The Women
Days & nights I carried two weapons everywhere. / I wore pockets of bullets / across my chest. I wasn’t / of age.
In The Dermatologist’s Office, Again
The cancer he wanted / to cut out of my back / somehow disappeared / in the month / since the biopsy.