Stop Telling Me to Stay in My Lane. There Are No Lanes Anymore. — Discover

“Politics does not stick to one lane. It veers across the highway, crashing into ambulances and school buses and running over the occasional bunny. Sometimes it jumps the railing and comes careening into our homes.”

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Letter to a Christian Climate Skeptic —

Dear Incertus, In your last communication, you offered three main reasons for your reflexive skepticism about climate change. As each of these reasons, in my experience, reflects deep-seated suspicions and doubts among many American Christians on this issue, I wanted to take some time to address each of them at some length, before touching […]

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Oren’s, West 112th Street — Harping On

I’m sat at Oren’s on 112th and Broadway, drinking an espresso, hunched over my iPad, snuggled in the comfort that Morningside Heights affords me. I really don’t make it up here as often as I ought, even though Columbia University’s environs contain all I require to chill out: one independent bookstore, two coffeehouses, dogs innumerable […]

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Who we are in the moment — Alec Nevala-Lee

By now, you’re probably sick of hearing about what happened at the Oscars. I’m getting a little tired of it, too, even though it was possibly the strangest and most riveting two minutes I’ve ever seen on live television. It left me feeling sorry for everyone involved, but there are at least three bright spots. […]

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Writing the Pain: Memoirists on Trauma and Memory — BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog

Brevity’s founding editor Dinty W. Moore interviews Melanie Brooks, author of the recently released Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma, featuring Brooks’ conversations with Andre Dubus III, Sue William Silverman, Kyoko Mori, Richard Hoffman, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Abigail Thomas, Mark Doty, Edwidge Danticat, Jessica Handler, Richard Blanco, and others about how they tackle […]

via Writing the Pain: Memoirists on Trauma and Memory — BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog

When All Else Fails — Love Those “Hands at Home”

What do you do when you don’t feel like doing anything? When you have no mojo, no forward momentum? Do you accept that state and just hang out? That sounds nice . . . It may be clear that I feel a pressing need to be productive. It seems to be critical to my sense […]

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