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The Winter Holidays: A Time for Stories

I can’t quite get into the spirit of holidays like many others do. The same old festivities on a specific day of each year appear inauthentic. The artificial cheer, the clothing, the costumes, the tired symbolism—all seem to feed our hunger for superficial comforts. The food, the gifts, the decorations—they satisfy the glut of consumerism […]

A New World’s Crown: Shakespeare and Meghan Markle

When the news of Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle exploded across the internet, I found myself … oddly interested. Any news about the royal family in Britain leads me to ask, “Really, this again?” Being opposed to a government structure that involves monarchy, I have to keep some sort of emotional distance […]

No More Cakes and Ale

A couple years ago, I was asked to write an article for a straight edge zine that never came out. Rather than let an interesting piece languish unpublished, I recovered from the depths of my hard drive and present it here, a loosely organized meditation on being a straight edge bardolator. No More Cakes and […]

Halloween Flash Fiction Showdown

In honor of Halloween, Zoa and I have decided to do a little flash fiction, scary story duel. We’ve each written a scary story that’s less than 500 words and you will decide which story is better. We won’t tell you who wrote which story so as not to bias you. Read each story below and […]