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“Passing Through,” an essay by Lise Funderburg.

“Passing Through,” an essay by Lise Funderburg.

Identity among the thrift-store racks. “Some days this room seems like a testament to folly and wastefulness. Other days, this day, it speaks of people just trying to live their lives.” Courtesy of Whosoever Gospel Mission. – “Passing Through” I was making my rounds the other day, practicing the heart-gladdening, soul-soothing, work-avoiding art of thrift-shopping. I’ve thrifted almost...
“Midge’s Bite,” a memoir by Donna Lynn Marsh. Art by Gale Rothstein.

“Midge’s Bite,” a memoir by Donna Lynn Marsh. Art by Gale Rothstein.

Childhood fears swell into adult insecurities. A rulebook. “There is something attractive in the intense itch, something satisfying in the scratching that I cannot resist. I know this makes it worse, makes it last longer, but sometimes, I can’t stop, can’t help it.” Gale Rothstein, “She Dreams of Her Disappointing LIfe that MIght Have Been, Then...
“I [Hard-Clenched Knuckle-Forward Fist] New York,” an essay by George Choundas.

“I [Hard-Clenched Knuckle-Forward Fist] New York,” an essay by George Choundas.

Working the streets. “When his mouth stills, Prophet fixes Boy with a glare …” This city is full of fights. * * * There is the man across the sidewalk from the East 86th Street Cinemas. He sells cheap wallets and phone cases and handbags. Early fifties, paunchy, shirt untucked. His beard is fitful. It’s had...
"The First Cry," a memoir by Marjorie Pryse.

“The First Cry,” a memoir by Marjorie Pryse.

Birth, separation, symbiosis. “No one knows what actually triggers the onset of labor — the moment when at least the mother becomes conscious that her infant might begin to have a life that she cannot predict or even necessarily share.” Photograph by Chad Hunt. Art by Isadora Hunt. 0 This feature is also available, in...
They're here! Presenting "Rivals & Players," our Winter 2019 issue.

They’re here! Presenting “Rivals & Players,” our Winter 2019 issue.

We’re online, live, and free to read on Medium!   Our Winter 2019 issue features lovers, fighters, warriors, war reenactors, ad men, insects, and neighbors. Do we play the game, or does the game play us? What do we get when we spin Fortune’s wheel? Who’s watching, anyway — and when are they coming for us?  ...