At the front of the pet store, there are puppies for sale. Their soft bodies give as they throw themselves in play against the hard yellow linoleum ground. At the back of the store, lizards blink as their paper bellies inflate and deflate. A man runs his finger along the black band of a new, […]
Where else can you watch a man begging for mercy, listen to him say, you don’t have to pull the trigger to make me die, while another human two feet away quietly reads a short story by George Saunders. Meanwhile, I clutch a book on social theory while the subject of my reading stands clear […]
She told me once that her upbringing did not require her gender to play a prominent role in her self-determination. When she was young, despite a fairly conservative family, she was encouraged to dream. Embedded into her self-image was pure possibility. It was later that she learned to fear, specifically to fear as a woman—a […]
A complacent society is one fed by unrecognized labor, one powered by remote extraction, one happy with oligarchy as long as the man at the helm has the grace and poise of Barack Obama. This complacent society consumes food picked and prepared with hands that are strong from decades of work, determined in the face […]
Perceptions of history often vary from the reality of politics. This is not to say that history is written by the victors (although, of course, it is). This is to say that history is often narrated like a story, with a beginning, middle, and end.