Author Archive
“You Want Me to Be Happy About Dying” — an essay by Ramona Grigg.

“You Want Me to Be Happy About Dying” — an essay by Ramona Grigg.

Reflections on life, afterlife, and the reality of the dark, dark passage. “Nothing in my life will be erased after I die.” Photo by the author. To most of you out there, I’m old. I’m so old, odds are I’ll probably die soon. You can think on that for a few seconds and move on — easy for you — but me, I’m...
“who we were when,” a poem by Frederick Ramey.

“who we were when,” a poem by Frederick Ramey.

“… I don’t know if his hands are moving but I bet they are somehow I’d feel washed over like that too and be so proud of us …”   who we were when . Isn’t it a great country he asks me as we cross the Panhandle for the second time in three days...
“Going Home in the New Normal,” an essay by Joe Milan, Jr.

“Going Home in the New Normal,” an essay by Joe Milan, Jr.

A young family takes a risk to return from abroad. “In the last few years, when I’ve gone abroad it has become an increasingly bigger test of courage to state I’m from the U.S.” The New York Times maintains an interactive daily global virus tracker at https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/coronavirus-maps.html. Shortly before leaving England, I took my daughter to our...
News: "Ghosts of the Walldogs," by Michael Griffith, was named Notable in this year's Best American Essays.

News: “Ghosts of the Walldogs,” by Michael Griffith, was named Notable in this year’s Best American Essays.

Congratulations to Michael Griffith! If you haven’t read his fantastic piece about advertising and the way it shapes us … and has made its mark on the architecture around Cincinnati … take a look now! Lavishly illustrated and part of Michael’s latest book, due out next year.   Read “Ghosts of the Walldogs” here. *...
“The Politics of Art, 2020”: Our interview with Alexandra Blum, mixed-media artist.

“The Politics of Art, 2020”: Our interview with Alexandra Blum, mixed-media artist.

A pandemic and other global breakdowns inspire a visual journal of diverse styles and influences. “I think for me what is interesting about this series of work is the diversity of voices within myself.” “Vitriol.” Editors’ Note: Alexandra (Ali) Blum is a California-based artist who draws on influences from around the world. When the quarantine was...