Stories & Essays

My Jesus Year

Originally published by Tin House . A week after I turned thirty-three, I was listening to cello music on internet radio, contemplating that this was my Jesus year, when my roommate called to say she’d found this dog wandering alone, tagless, no c...

The Grooming of Ms. J. Dibben

Originally published by Monkey Bicycle . In a bright sterile room, released from your mother’s sliced belly, your skull perfectly round, you are wrapped in a pink blanket and cooed at, she’s perfect, she’s beautiful, she’s cute as a button. As you ...

Black Box

Originally published by Paragraphiti . Michelle sat in Alice’s large, stuffy living room, trying not to be angry with Alice. Outside on West 86th street, ten floors below, the traffic must have snarled, for horns blew urgently. The sound penetrated th...

Affirmation

Originally published by The Fiddleback . So, what’s your secret, Dawn? asks her imaginary interviewer. Fake it ‘til you make it, girl! Dawn laughs her conspiratorial girlfriend laugh. Seriously, the passion for acting is in my blood, it’s all I...

Trip the Music Eclectic at The Firehouse Space

Originally published by Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Arts . On a casual evening stroll it’s unlikely you’d simply chance upon The Firehouse Space on Frost Street, but if you did, you’d surely be intrigued enough to enter. The Firehouse Space is com...

When Bright Faith Dissolves: Essay & Mandala

Originally published by Numéro Cinq. Herewith a selection of images, mandalas from Laura Catherine Brown ‘s notebooks. They say something about art and form, stillness within change, and the riot of variation that can proliferate from simple str...

What It’s Like Living Here in Manhattan

Originally published by Numéro Cinq . Any time of day except, perhaps, early Sunday morning, I cross the threshold of my building and step out onto an obstacle course generated by people. In the swarming thick of it, there is no clear line where t...