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Best of 2016

In the spirit of the anthology, we’ve decided to tailor our annual “best of” list to the sections in the book.

Memiography

I can’t be the only one who wanted to know others’ thoughts about them. The stories locked away, whatever they are, waiting to be told.

Living in China Is Like…

…using an old atlas to navigate new roads.

Into the Light

Whenever I wake up in the middle of the night, my mind goes to empty and distant places.

A Literary Hajj

The road to the Two Hearted River is not an easy one.

Ding Dong Uneasily on High

Every day since then, when I wake, the first thing I experience is that ringing.

All the Poor and Powerless

All the Poor and Powerless

by | Dec 24, 2016

This Christmas eve, I feel responsible.

Grace and Humbugs

Grace and Humbugs

I never identified with Scrooge until this Christmas. It’s so easy to be Scrooge.

The Best Jackets In Movie History: A Cinematic Retrospective

The Best Jackets In Movie History: A Cinematic Retrospective

Can you imagine how ridiculous a whip and fedora would look paired with elbow patches? The jacket lays the foundation of the transformation.

Adventures in Personal Finance

Adventures in Personal Finance

“Just for the sake of the simulation. I need to enter an end point. How long do you plan on living?”

Another Allegory of a Cave

Another Allegory of a Cave

I don’t know how long I do this, but I have begun making a map in my head of the curves and turns in the wall.

For it is by Grace: Three Reflections

For it is by Grace: Three Reflections

If this is grace, it’s as lovely as it is disconcerting. It takes the very ugliest of us and says, “I can work with this. Child, I can work with you.”

Choose Your Own Misadventure

Choose Your Own Misadventure

Two important facts: first, there are two doors leading into this bathroom, one from the hallway and one from my housemate’s bedroom. Second, a deadbolt on the bathroom-hallway door allows it to be locked from the inside.

Spending Advent in Vienna

Spending Advent in Vienna

Vienna is a bizarre place to spend Advent because, as Billy Joel reminds us, it’s a city more accustomed to waiting than arriving.

And Yet, Still Religious

And Yet, Still Religious

When I’m confused, I need the motions. I need to plant the mustard seeds. Watch them grow, and even watch them die.

Places I’ll Never Know

Places I’ll Never Know

Lights shine along Seattle’s hills, illuminating all the homes where everyone no one knows eats, sleeps, listens, and loves.

Building My Character

Building My Character

So there you have it: my NYC role models. Here’s hoping I learn from their mistakes and also make some non-fictional friends ASAP.

Silence / Noise

Silence / Noise

It’s a typically bustling city now silent and eerie, “Jingle Bell Rock” echoing forlornly down the avenues.

Here in the Parentheses

Here in the Parentheses

I can’t be the only woman who read his post and thought, “You’re kidding, right?” I can’t be the only woman who read his post searching for the punchline.

Dystopia Now

Dystopia Now

But Nathan was right. I can’t plan for the apocalypse. I can only do what I believe to be useful and good now. I can only do what is in front of me.

Nothing Wasted

Nothing Wasted

When is the last time
You knew what you wanted?

Lying to Children (Is Easy and Fun)

Lying to Children (Is Easy and Fun)

Kids are insanely gullible. They will believe literally anything you tell them.

Your Holiday Google Search History

Your Holiday Google Search History

What do you mix with eggnog? What is a good Christmas gift for someone you are only casually dating?

Salt and Undertakings

Salt and Undertakings

I would wear my long underwear for the rest of the day, feeling like a fur trapping Superman throughout econ, band, English, and calculus.

A Definitive Ranking of the Cinedigm 10 Movie Family & Romance Holiday Collection DVD Set

A Definitive Ranking of the Cinedigm 10 Movie Family & Romance Holiday Collection DVD Set

I have used my extensive knowledge of the genre to rank them in order based on the covers and (occasionally) cover copy.

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Whatever he has been, Dylan always returns to his humanity, and the fact that he’s simply an artist doing his thing.

Setting the Table

Setting the Table

Take two balls of dough out from the fridge. Roll out both on the kitchen counter. Don’t bother trying to form a perfect circle, only God could manage that.

Mystery Over Mastery

Mystery Over Mastery

To name without claiming full understanding and possession is to adopt an attitude of humility, subscribing to mystery over mastery.

A Different Tongue

A Different Tongue

I had always prided myself on writing and speaking well, and suddenly I was handed different tools to use; they felt cumbersome and did not fit well in my hands.