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Pandemics and Pasta: Sustenance in the Viral Age

Tonight, I am roasting ripe Heirloom tomatoes with onions, garlic, and olive oil in a 400-degree-oven while a blend of mushrooms, garlic, and white...

Reading Sontag When Life is Sci-Fi

I’ve never been able to read much non-fiction, always lamented my impatience for it. And yet now I find I’m unable to put down...

Diastema: The Spaces Between

I’ve had a sizable gap between my two front teeth for my entire life, and for most of it, I’ve wanted to get rid...

The Novel I Will Never Write: A Screed by Gabe Cohen

The protagonist of the novel I will never write is kind of like me. Except more articulate. And cleverer. And a bit more handsome....

Stories About the End of the World

My first visit to a science museum, when I was kid, had a remarkable impact on me. I might have been eleven or twelve;...

Complaint and Prayer

In recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we are proud to publish Marie G Coleman's personal essay "Complaint and Prayer." Coleman's piece...

Marcuse on the MTA

To open separate window, click button on upper right of comic display   “Marcuse on the MTA” is an excerpt from Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia: A...

You Had Me at Beheading! The Author of “Against Football” Responds...

To open separate window, click button on upper right of display   Copyright @ 2015 by Steve Almond. First published in The Rumpus, December 1, 2015. Reprinted...

The War on Pagans

It’s the time of year for the “War on Christmas”.  The war, supposedly a slight against Christianity, was most recently inspired by a book...

Learning Hungarian

Roza, my four-year-old daughter, is patient with me as I struggle to understand her. She doesn’t know it, but I’m in awe of the...

Answering Alternative Facts with Fiction

There is a sense, this week, with Trump’s shifting stories on his payout to Stormy Daniels, of a crescendo in the administration's run of...

Shoveling Dirt On ritual and grief at a Jewish funeral

Paul is in a coma, said the person calling. The doctors think this is the end. His wife Jenni wants you to come. She...