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Travis Lupick: Gabor Maté And The Myth of Normal

Celebrated physician Gabor Maté discusses how our toxic culture is making us ill.

September 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Clouds over Corippo

Watching Clouds Over Corippo (2019) feels something like seeing a series of Romantic landscape paintings brought to haunting life.

July 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

Baron Wormser: “Sweet, ironic” America and Cesare Pavese 

Among the many heartbreaking sentences in the diaries of the great Italian poet and writer Cesare Pavese, these few, at the very end when he was grappling with his love … Continue reading

February 14, 2022 · 7 Comments

Barbara E. Young: About the Language. And Inevitable Death

alone could fill all the space 
between all the yellow cities on the map with a hollow 
more empty than the echo of the emptiest of moved-from homes

February 7, 2022 · 2 Comments

Bhikshuni Ubbiri: A Voice Calling Back

84,000 daughters, all named Jiva, have died and been buried here in this boundless cemetery you call a world.

October 29, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: Air

An ode to human connection, ‘Air’ evokes through image and music the emotional resonance between people when they almost, but not quite touch.

May 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Little Brother

Little Brother charts the transitional time of adolescence when childhood ends and independence comes into fruition.

March 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Mattea Kramer: Isolation and Opioids During the Pandemic

Drug Use in the Covid-19 Moment

September 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jane Ganahl, et al: Elder Women Speak about the Virus

Women over 60 share their coronavirus stories—from becoming a grandmother to dancing in the street.

May 3, 2020 · 6 Comments

Nicholaos Jones: At times of suffering, the greatest gift is accompaniment by another

To accompany another is to give companionship against despair, dissonance and desolation.

April 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Question on a Wednesday Night

And you, my love.
Why do I feel alone without you
Whom I have never known?

May 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Emily Dickinson: The Loneliness One dare not sound

The Loneliness One dare not sound—And would as soon surmiseAs in its Grave go plumbingTo ascertain the size— The Loneliness whose worst alarmIs lest itself should see—And perish from before … Continue reading

March 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Fay Bound Alberti: One is the loneliest number

The history of a Western problem ‘God, but life is loneliness,’ declared the writer Sylvia Plath in her private journals. Despite all the grins and smiles we exchange, she says, … Continue reading

December 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

Justin Vicari: Kingdom of One

Hey there, snappy-coated language and an unexpected, high-tech subject will not reinvent your reasons for speaking, oneself one’s only true subject, no matter what we think, here in this diner-booth … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

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