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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Silver, and Gold, and Dross

“Golden Boy.” As gold is king among metals, so was he a paragon among humanity. Like a sun, he beamed a perfect smile, seemingly always happy. People basked in his radiance.

Teenagers

Teenagers, though, go right for the emotional jugular, draining self-esteem and confidence dry and leaving a husk of a defeated therapist.

What Lies Beneath: The Importance of Asking Why

The reason why people stop at what instead of asking why of the other is our tendency to oversimplify things, often out of sheer intellectual and moral laziness.

A Toast to “Things”

Here’s to people and their things. Here’s to not liking sports and to nose piercings, to back tattoos and bro tanks, to longboards, to reading the newspaper each morning with a cup of coffee.

I Wish I Had Said Something

He’s just one guy, he won’t be around forever, and he’ll probably never run into a black person for the rest of his life. No harm, no foul, right?

Later Than Expected, but Right on Time

The repetitions of my life—days, stories, conversations, sounds, meals, images, kisses, hugs, dreams—are like interlocking houndsteeth, but somehow unbound by form, unbridled by geometry.

Common Scents

Common Scents

by | Apr 24, 2018

Cutting open a Bisquick bag will always smell of thin Duke University t-shirts, thoughtful eyebrows, and hour-long explanations of the electoral college.

“Natural History Psychedelia”: Alexis Rockman’s “Great Lakes Cycle”

“Natural History Psychedelia”: Alexis Rockman’s “Great Lakes Cycle”

These works are about as subtle as a trainwreck, but they are surprisingly fun, despite their depressingly urgent call to take environmental responsibility.

A Body Kind of Knowing  

A Body Kind of Knowing  

Grasp, carry, touch, step, tug, swallow.

“Why Did You Wait?”

“Why Did You Wait?”

Of all the regressive, fear-mongering, cynical, hateful, and unethical positions to which the Republican party has hitched its wagon, the vilification of refugees and immigrants is among the most loathsome.

Them’s the Beans

Them’s the Beans

There are also in-game currencies and prizes, but the real celebration is that “Chicken Dinner,” which, I cannot stress enough, bears no resemblance to any kind of meal.

Looking At, Shooting At, and the Weirdness of Annihilation

Looking At, Shooting At, and the Weirdness of Annihilation

We’re used to standing apart from the places we occupy, fillers and subduers of the earth that we are.

I’ve Been Watching a lot of COPS Lately

I’ve Been Watching a lot of COPS Lately

Everyone is drunk all the time and no one has valid ID.

Falling Calendars

Falling Calendars

To believe in something other than what is materially in front of you is awkward. It likely means that what you expect tomorrow is impossible today.

How I Accidentally Became a Woooo! Girl

How I Accidentally Became a Woooo! Girl

But one day at work, I was proofing an email and realized I sounded really excited about a new art exhibition. Too excited.

Social Strata

Social Strata

Though I’ve never defined myself by a job title, I came to the realization that without my previous one, I had little to define myself with at all.

I Figured Out Which of My Favorite Actors Are Actually Friends So That You Don’t Have To

I Figured Out Which of My Favorite Actors Are Actually Friends So That You Don’t Have To

Do they actually mean it, or are they just playing with the emotions of their fans, trying to up their follower and like count?

Seen & Heard: Festival of Faith and Writing

Seen & Heard: Festival of Faith and Writing

It’s a FFW live blog from your local friendly post calvin editor! This post will be updated throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for wise words and cheesy English major feelings.

Living Bookishly: An Intertextual Exploration

Living Bookishly: An Intertextual Exploration

When I enter a library or a bookstore, I get a sense of the divine mystery, the excitement of majesty and wonder.

Last Days

Last Days

In your last days in this little town, you will start to see things as you saw them in the first days.

My First Spin Class

My First Spin Class

Spinning is for the classic Millennials who buy high-tech gear, who wear bike shorts with butt pads, whose sleeveless shirts were purchased like that.

Songs for My Daughter

Songs for My Daughter

Songs that remind me of her, that bring me peace, that I hope will inspire her.

Cream Cheese and Bagels

Cream Cheese and Bagels

And I walk with the man I am going to marry and my brother and Zachary who is basically my brother and we think about Ryan who was basically our brother.

Slackcountry Snow

Slackcountry Snow

Then I pointed my skis over the edge and leaned forward so my weight eased me into the wide couloir, and it felt like I was plummeting and the snow exploding around me like a warzone.

Growing into Solitude

Growing into Solitude

I haven’t outgrown my loneliness, but I do think I’m growing into my own solitude.

Friendzone, USA

Friendzone, USA

I see you, O Downcast Man, sitting in the passenger’s seat. Chances are, you’re wondering how you got here.

My Sisyphean Battle with the Snooze Button

My Sisyphean Battle with the Snooze Button

Sisyphus may roll his stone, but I have my morning alarm.

Combination Skateboard and Taco Bell 

Combination Skateboard and Taco Bell 

I think sometimes being a runner has trained me too well to use that overrule, to endure whatever path lies before me, to be patient to a fault—to stay the course when the course is going to kill me.

Reading World News without Losing your Mind

Reading World News without Losing your Mind

Reading the news well and responding to it is not everything, but it is something—and so I won’t refuse.