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Essays

Brenda Miller & Julie Marie Wade

Exercise Presidential In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson created the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, a test designed to prioritize exercise in elementary schools. Studies had shown that America’s children were getting flabby and complacent, and so the test included sit-ups, pull-ups, a softball throw, a…

October 7, 2016
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Dispatch from NOLA Downtown Music & Arts Festival

New Orleans’s Warehouse and Central Business District are the hottest spots for summer celebratory events, including the NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival, which celebrated its twenty-third year his August. This end of the summer cultural, musical, and artistic event is presented by the…

September 26, 2016
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Essays

Nancy McCabe

Breathing on Your Own: Tips for Breaking That Nasal Spray Addiction Maybe it starts with a cold, allergies, hay fever—at any rate, you’re stuffy and congested, and maybe all night you sniffle and snort and toss and turn and bounce off the bed to…

September 26, 2016
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Essays

Taylor St. Ogne

Drowning Inside the Self My Norwegian grandmother tells me that I have “Viking blood” within me. She says it makes me stubborn and it makes me strong. When she tells me this I fidget uncomfortably in the wooden chair I am sitting on in…

September 26, 2016
Book Reviews

The Miles Between Me

The Miles Between Me Toni Nealie Curbside Splendor 200 pages, paper, from $9.95 Beginning with the writer’s relocation to the United States from New Zealand two weeks prior to September 11, 2001, The Miles Between Me counts among its recurrent concerns colonial legacies of…

September 26, 2016
Essays

Barbara Churchill

A Thousand Words Sitting on a trunk under the basement stairs, I slit through duct tape with my Swiss Army knife, boxes of albums sealed since I mailed them to myself ten years ago when I cleared out my mother’s apartment. She saved our…

August 19, 2016
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Essays

Emery Ross

Bloodletting   Hypergraphia: The opposite of writer’s block. An overwhelming compulsion or urge to write. Hypergraphics will keep rambling journals, jot thoughts on scraps of paper, draft long letters, compile dictionaries, and often write on any available surface. Some alleged famous hypergraphics: Sylvia Plath,…

August 19, 2016