Issue 17

“I feel an intense intimacy with those who have this loathing interest in me. Further than this, I know what they mean, I sympathize with them, I understand them.”

Anarchism Is Not Enough, Laura Riding

A Note from the Editor

My earliest years as a writer felt molasses-slow; mentors insisted that I needed to read for education more than for pleasure, and they dispensed frustrating wisdom like, “Stick with it and you’ll hit your stride by forty.” Now that I’m months...
An Incident in Pottowa County

An Incident in Pottowa County

CHURCH BURNED TO GROUND The burnt ruins of the First Church of God’s Wanderers shocked churchgoers Sunday morning. Eyewitness and burn victim Calvin “Oat” Jenkins said the following: “I was just getting there ahead of time for Sunday School, and the...
Beach Debris

Beach Debris

The Pacific coast here is woefully lacking in collectible sea shells, but the tide line is often full of remnants of local life like this, commonplace snails and mussels. (Click on the image for a high-resolution version.) Pat Tompkins is an editor in the San...