December 2013

I Set Out to See if I Could Breathe on my Own: An Interview with Linda Gregerson

Brian Brodeur
As to technologies of production: I used to have something of a fetish relationship with my pencil and my yellow legal pad—everything happened in longhand first. In smudged, erasable, half-illegible longhand—preserving in my mind some crucial malleability.

Mindfulness and Memoir

Julie Wittes Schlack
As I have concurrently studied the practice and philosophy of Mindfulness Meditation and the discipline and great exemplars of memoir, I have been struck by the similarities in the two processes and in their inherent philosophical and psychological challenges.

Stephen Dunn, the Ice Traveler, & the Other

Andrea Hollander
He is a kind of philosopher poet whose poems—like the philosophical statements by bona fide philosophers—are sometimes composed of mostly abstract language and relatively few images.

Revolutionary Shoes: On Activism & Art An Interview with Diane Lefer

Natasha Sajé
For the longest time I balanced on a seesaw. Creative work would predominate. Then social justice work. I tried to keep them separate.

Stevie Smith's Facebook Problem

Martha Cooley
Stevie Smith is a slippery, contradictory figure. Impatient with labels and canny in self-presentation, she liked throwing her audience off the scent and was adroit at doing so.

Icons of the Everyday: Postcard Sleight of Hand & the Short Story

Stephanie Coyne DeGhett
Mass-produced, ubiquitous, with us now for over a century, the postcard, with its low-key genius for expanding and elaborating story, slips into fiction as unobtrusively as a bookmark into a book.

The Last Word: My Listening Was Mumbling

Bob Hicok
I don’t know why I write, but I assume that most of why anything happens is best thought of as an accident.