Memoir

AWOL Black Fathers

AWOL Black Fathers

When my mother called me in from play one afternoon to meet the man seated in our living room, her introduction was redundant—I immediately knew who he was. And, right off, I did not like him. His absence had been a painful matter in my life. The house that

John Washington
John Washington
13 min read
Politics
An Englishman in Russia Bids His Daughter Farewell

An Englishman in Russia Bids His Daughter Farewell

I am an Englishman in Southern Russia. For nearly four years I’ve lived here, helping my Russian ex-partner bring up our (now) eight-year-old daughter. At 9 o’clock last night I saw both of them onto a sleeper-train to Moscow. From there they will fly to Italy and the

Robert Ginzburg
Robert Ginzburg
5 min read
Politics
The Transmogrification of Harvey Weinstein

The Transmogrification of Harvey Weinstein

I was a good friend of Harvey Weinstein during his early years as a concert promoter, before he became Harvey Weinstein, movie mogul. We subsequently drifted apart, and while Harvey went on to find astronomic success in Hollywood, I worked as the chief psychologist at the Massachusetts Treatment Center for

Daniel Kriegman
Daniel Kriegman
36 min read
Art and Culture
The Land Where Angela Davis Is Queen

The Land Where Angela Davis Is Queen

In the immediate aftermath of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the Chancellor and the Executive Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at my alma mater, the University of California, Santa Cruz, issued a joint proclamation condemning the verdict. It began with this: We are disheartened and dismayed by

Meghann McCracken
Meghann McCracken
22 min read
Education
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Meaning of Human Suffering

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Meaning of Human Suffering

There is only one thing that I dread: Not to be worthy of my sufferings. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky I mean, I got one life, right? Mine. But fuck, I want somebody else's sometimes. Sometimes I just feel like I'm fighting for a life I just ain't got time to live. I

Samuel Kronen
Samuel Kronen
25 min read
Art and Culture
Listening to Literature—What We Gain and Lose with Audiobooks

Listening to Literature—What We Gain and Lose with Audiobooks

I couldn’t finish Ulysses. This was 1994, the year after I’d graduated from Arizona State University with an English degree, and the year that my rock band started providing a living from playing gigs in Tempe. Both of these events left me divorced from a reading

Art Edwards
Art Edwards
19 min read
Books
The Philologist, the Iraqi Girl, and Me

The Philologist, the Iraqi Girl, and Me

I hadn’t bargained on the climate, especially not in the summer and especially not on the coast. That didn’t stop me from going ahead and doing what every self-respecting American college kid visiting Israel, such as Bernie Sanders, did back then—a stint of physical labor on a

Edward Grossman
Edward Grossman
17 min read
History
How All My Politically Correct Bones Were Broken

How All My Politically Correct Bones Were Broken

In my first 10 years of college teaching, from the mid-60s to mid-70s, I modeled myself on my best teachers—men and women who questioned my ideas vigorously. They let me know that I mattered to them, they praised when praise was due, and they pushed me hard. Often I

Gregory Hansen
Gregory Hansen
21 min read
Education