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Coal Stove Toast

Coal stove toast requires a coal stove, which we do not have, but Nana does. Nana resists many forms of modern kitchen technology and...

Nevermore

This trail also led me to conclude, firstly, that so many things remain quietly connected, and secondly, that history is the unceasing attempt to...

Generational Echoes

Themes often appear in families, generation after generation. Speculations. Whispered secrets. Common threads. My maternal legacy — grandmother, mother, and me — we three...

The Truth’s The Truth

The Myth As a child, I was told that all four of my grandparents died before I was born. Stories prevailed: Bubbe Faygie, on Mom’s...

The Trouble with Danish Happiness

In the summer of 2021, each day for two weeks, I drove my 13-year-old son 30 minutes north of our suburban Boston home to...

Navalny, Poetry, and Truth

On the morning I heard that the Russian political activist, Alexei Navalny, had died in a Siberian prison, I was mournful but not surprised. “So...

Rescued

It’s July in Wyoming. For thirty years, my husband and I have fled Miami and vacationed here. Our summer lives are both bigger and...

Nevermore

What Is Left

Exposed

The Deep End

I didn’t throw this party, but I am prepared to survive it. Malibu Hills. Severe modern house. Pacific view, Sonos surround, bespoke hors d’oeuvres. Dozens...

Broken Horses

Salò

The Yellow

Curtain

after R.S. Thomas Tell me: which of us loves this game more? The incessant crisscrossing of sentiment and the body, the vibrancy of aggression in the absence...

Advice

Ask Annie: How Writers Should Read

Writers, especially those just starting out, should read omnivorously, insatiably, constantly, selfishly, and slowly. So slowly that the flow and rhythms of the prose...

Further Reading