Leaving Lessons

Fin and Flesh For years beyond counting, she lived far under water among the green things. Their shine resembled that light before the storm comes above ground, as if seen through the veins of a new leaf held close to the eye, in a time so distant that its tale must have been whispered in… More

Imaging Figures #7: Actionable Bodies

The wolf is entitled to the lamb. The Mountain Wreath (1847) You would not believe how many words there are for home and what savage music there can be wrung from it. Edna O’Brien (2015) For months now, I’ve seemed to live in a crowd of stories. The second epigraph to Edna O’Brien’s recent novel,… More

Uplift

The world is never done with you. Ellen McLaughlin (lyrics)/Sarah Kirkland Snider (music), Penelope (2010) If he were a sentence, he would be weighted with prepositions. They’d mark the things and people he chose, or felt compelled, to carry. With words like from, to, over, under, and across as harbingers, aimed at what happens just… More

Counting

Our Aunt Fanny began her measuring that summer while dusk stood outside her bedroom windows, preparing to stoop and slide through the screens. She was our father’s maternal cousin, daughter of Senator Joe B, as our grandmother cared to call him, because of the way he clunked ice cubes in whiskeys too fine for the… More

Boy in the Crosswalk

‘Anybody who voluntarily takes an antiviral every day has to have rocks in their heads. . . . There’s something to me cowardly about taking Truvada instead of using a condom. You’re taking a drug that is poison to you, and it has lessened your energy to fight, to get involved, to do anything.’ Larry… More

(Interlude: Essay-Story #2)

The world we are born into is not the one we leave. Mary Ruefle: Madness, Rack, and Honey, 243, 2012. 1938’s Marie Antoinette burbles up another ball scene on the television aspark in a corner of the bedroom, the one to the right of the wall of windows looking out, if windows, like eyes, could… More

Albany Journal – 7/28/12

I can claim no expertise in my realtionships with women, but what I can say is that courting a woman is much like a game of sorts.  We at least try to see who needs the other more, and while this is a very immature game to say the least, such gaming is usually commonplace… More

THE EMPTINESS OF VAGINAS

For a complicated range of reasons, a very attractive female friend was recently queried by another female friend in my presence if she wasn’t in fact gay. The simple answer came back, “No, I like cock.” I got to thinking about that remark later and it occurred to me that I never would’ve responded to such a question with, “No, I like pussy.” I would’ve said, “I like women.” More

Noah Kalina

Kalina became an internet phenomenon with his video everyday, which has been viewed over 8 million times, making it one of the most popular videos on the internet. Introduced in the Summer of 2006, the video quickly developed into an art world hit and a pop culture phenomenon… More