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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Postscript

Dear M,
I hope you are enjoying life in Oregon. I am trying very hard not to miss you. Sometimes, it works.

Pentecostal Weather

Throughout the service, the wind seemed to heighten our attention rather than scatter it; there could be no looking away from God that day.

Living Like Scorpion (Killers)

I have been thinking about scorpions because I live in the desert, where dwell these hard-cased creatures from hell.

Mask Off

In an era of self-exploration, it becomes extremely difficult to identify who or what my self is, since it takes on so many shapes depending on who I’m with or where we are or both.

You Can’t Destroy Me: A Comprehensive Memoir of the Legacy of Dort Thomas Teddy

After one too many flings into the pond, rainy nights left outside, and one malicious dirt-biking incident involving my older cousin Adam, Dort looked like your typical horror movie puppet.

I Tried to Read Infinite Jest in Two Months and Failed Miserably

But that Saturday, while I was still in bed, I got another call from my mom. I knew from her first word the reason she was calling. Very early that morning, my grandfather had died in his sleep. I wept.

The Kingdom Belongs to Such as These

The Kingdom Belongs to Such as These

by | Jun 23, 2017

By mid morning, the classroom was really heating up. I turned on every available fan, shut off the the overhead lights, and opened the windows.

The Cast Iron Cult

The Cast Iron Cult

You identify them by
their burnt fingertips.

Why I’m A Democrat

Why I’m A Democrat

It has become part and parcel of political commentary to proclaim, usually in a grave and foreboding tone, that we have entered a “post-truth” society.

Melodrama: Lorde’s Patient Pop

Melodrama: Lorde’s Patient Pop

Lorde made a name for herself taking down pop culture, but what would she do now that the world knew her name? Now that she was pop culture?

A Dramatic Reading of a Real Break Up Letter

A Dramatic Reading of a Real Break Up Letter

Dear Anxiety,

It’s not me. It’s definitely you.

Mega Screen

Mega Screen

Two weeks ago, in the lead-up to a concert, I got to read poetry off a video screen that was larger than the end zone of a football field.

They Call Me Genleevia

They Call Me Genleevia

Genleevia is a Level 97 Warrior. She rides proudly atop a golden gryphon and wields her morning star against foes like the Wind-Worker and Vice the Shadow Wyrm.

The Literal German Word

The Literal German Word

I was satisfied in my decision. There was thrill in riding without a ticket. And I was convinced that what I was doing was right. I was in line with the spirit of the law, even if the law had no spirit.

How Things Shake Out

How Things Shake Out

“Are you happy with how things shook out?” he asked me.

We Wanted the Entire World

We Wanted the Entire World

Someone would pass a six-pack of cold root beer up and all of us would lounge in a circle and talk about nothing, and it felt like everything.

Missing Mr. Feeny

Missing Mr. Feeny

It felt like I was coming face to face with someone I’ve known my whole life: a trusted confidant, a wise neighbor and teacher and principal and professor.

Two Verses for Teachers

Two Verses for Teachers

Glory be to God for finished things—

Wonder Woman: A Review

Wonder Woman: A Review

I’ve never gone to a movie theater with the bar of expectations so low as I did for Wonder Woman.

Congratulations on What Matters

Congratulations on What Matters

I remember my high school’s Friday morning chapel as uninspiring, but it seemed like everyone wanted to take part in the Class of 2010’s “senior chapel.”

Conquer the Entire World

Conquer the Entire World

Ah crap. I suddenly became very aware of my shortcomings: namely, my lack of any credentials at all.

On Strong, Badass Women

On Strong, Badass Women

2. Gwen Stefani (No Doubt)

15 Things I Learned from my Father

15 Things I Learned from my Father

11. Marry someone who isn’t afraid to challenge you and then write them love poems. Kiss them in front of your kids even if they pretend they don’t like it.

I Sing the Body Collective

I Sing the Body Collective

At some level, isn’t that what individualism is all about? Being the hero. Saving the day. Who watches Han Solo blow up TIE fighters, and then decides he’d rather be the air traffic controller who directs X-wings to Yavin IV?

A Love Letter to my English Major

A Love Letter to my English Major

I wonder, sometimes, if you feel forgotten. After all, I did not become an English professor, as I once thought I might.

The Ki-Yah Impromptima: The Car For People Who Have Stopped Caring

The Ki-Yah Impromptima: The Car For People Who Have Stopped Caring

If you routinely hit signs, fire hydrants, lampposts, pedestrians, and other cars, the Impromptima won’t change any of that.

I Am Not Making This Up: Reasons to Read Dave Barry in These Trying Times

I Am Not Making This Up: Reasons to Read Dave Barry in These Trying Times

“Mature reaction to a routine colonoscopy: HE’S GOING TO STICK A TUBE SEVENTEEN THOUSAND FEET UP YOUR BUTT.”

Why Notre Dame’s Walkout on Mike Pence Matters

Why Notre Dame’s Walkout on Mike Pence Matters

Words are not the deciding factor here. Actions are met with actions.

What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

There is increasing political talk in the United States about deporting the migrants who are apprehended at our border or inside of it. There is very little talk about what happens next.