Male Bonding

Tom Matlack There’s a gash under my left eye, my right thumb throbs like a son-of-a-bitch, and I keep seeing stars. My whole body hurts. I have a red beard—if you can call it that—after a week of uneven growth. On the plane ride home from Florida to Boston, people look at me like I’m… More

Birth Rate

Sam Linden When I was eighteen I began to carry a condom in my wallet. I can’t recall where I got it, because I had a paralyzing fear of buying them. This anxiety extended to bringing it around with me. I imagined someone going through my wallet, pulling it out and giving me a skeptical… More

A Sketch of the Artist as Ephebe

Jascha Kessler Lots of influence. Lots of anxiety. The graduation photo that once stood on the baby grand stuffed into the small living room on the sixth floor just beneath the ash-dropping chimney of the incinerator shows a 16-year old with clear eyes and the carved features of some unknown, handsome youth. Somehow it does… More

My Father’s Heart

Cornelius Winston One thing you should know about my father is that he has an abnormally large stomach. The kind of stomach that, if x-rayed, would reveal a picnic bench of five angry truck drivers demanding a 4th serving of fillet mignon and mushrooms (if they happen to be sautéed and available). With that being… More

A Review of Randall Mann's "Breakfast with Thom Gunn"

Scott Hightower Breakfast with Thom Gunn Randall Mann, University of Chicago Press, 2009 10: 0-226-50344-5, $14.00 _______________________________________________________ “BREAKFAST WITH THOM GUNN”-Desire, Beauty, Unbeauty, and Vanity Randall Mann’s first book, Complaint in the Garden, won the Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry. Mann has delivered a second book, “Breakfast with Thom Gunn.” It is a smart, even… More

Secondhand-9/15/09

James Feller Around 1 am, after my parents had gone to sleep–mom in bed, dad passed out to the Discovery Channel on the couch–I quietly tiptoed out of my bedroom. The whole downstairs smelled strongly of cigarettes and I remembered my childhood. Summer mornings, obsessively examining my baseball card collection, I would call out to… More

How to Think About Politics

Ryan McCarl First, question everything, beginning with the political ideas you inherited from your parents, family, community, church, and school. Create an inventory, in your mind or on paper, of these ideas: what are your strong, visceral, “gut” feelings about the political parties, religion in schools, the legalization versus criminalization of abortion, taxation, drug laws,… More

A Modest Proposal: Regarding the Protection of Antiquities from Wanton Destruction in Future War

Jascha Kessler The title of the following observations might better be offered as, “…from wanton destruction by the present heirs and/or occupiers of the lands of their original creators.” As we were sadly aware, immediately upon the lightning-swift liberation of Baghdad after a campaign of less than four weeks it was discovered, even as guns… More