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The Gross Room

What happens to body parts removed in surgery? John Biemer takes you to the “gross” room. Continue reading

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O’Connor and Coltrane: Saints of American Art

Flannery O’Connor wanted to jolt you with the violent shock of recognition, in the service of artistic if not spiritual consecration; Coltrane wanted to transcend the insanity altogether, altering consciousness through a profoundly moving colloquy. Continue reading

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Blood on the Hallowed Ground

Ian F. Blair plays a game of basketball with his brother as he recounts the memory of his father’s death in an evocative, pulsing essay about cancer, family, and race. Continue reading

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The Give and Take of Grief

Anna Leahy on fate, guilt, grief, and the death of the writer Lucy Grealy. Continue reading

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Away With Dusty, or The “Supreme Fiction”

In part III of Timothy Braun’s road-trip adventure with his dog Dusty, he heads up the West Coast in search of family and lost friends, finding something deeper about the Supreme Fiction – and life. Continue reading

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What We Talk About When We (Don’t) Talk About Dying

Aside from comfort and serenity, answers are the hardest things to come by when you’re dealing with terminal cancer, writes Sean Murphy. Continue reading

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Ride With Me

In this excerpt from her soon-to-be-released memoir, SPENT, Antonia Crane recalls a stint at Pleasures. Continue reading

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Sunday Sermon – Under the Foot of Hercules

“..And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the merging of image and text defining a new form of communication should be killed…” Continue reading

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Exposed: Portrait of the Artist as a 7-Minute Reality TV Segment

The artist sells out. Or tries to. Continue reading

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I Have Tasted My Father’s Blood…And So My Tongue Begins to Burn

“His life sentence is to glioblastoma multiforme, terminal brain cancer, and yet he defies it over the last seven years with the Nietzschean willpower of a Babylonian god who refuses—won’t do it!—to recognize a world beyond the fertile crescent.” Continue reading

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The Fat Wallet of the Spirit

Dads, death and father’s day, Jose Padua meditates on his father and loss and the hopes that we keep despite all else. Continue reading

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