Catherine Lacey Gets Back to Work

Catherine Lacey never intended to write a novel. Her first book, Nobody Is Ever Missing, began as a series of disconnected stories she wrote while tinkering with a freelance non-fiction career. Eventually her spurts of fiction gelled…

Famous Failures

Service Doe

Famous Failures takes us on a comprehensive tour of humankind’s most confident leaps in the wrong directions. The column examines history’s greatest worsts, and gives Lasik to our cultural hindsight. In today’s case file, a service…

The Weather

Honest and Unbiased: Uncommon Grounds

Uncommon Grounds Albany, NY 4 Stars Way back, before it all, the first coffee shop I ever frequented was a hangar-like place called Uncommon Grounds, in my hometown of Albany, New York. I always accidentally called…


West Side Highway

This piece is part of Waterfronts, a series of personal essays that engage with the waterways of New York and/or Los Angeles, presented in collaboration with Underwater New York. I heard a story on NPR recently about…

The Weather

Astro Guide: June 23-27

Cancer (22 June – 22 July) You feel like a fraud at work. But do not lose confidence, Cancer! As long as you keep showing up to the office and pretending you work there, soon you…

Ideas for Novels

Part(y) Time—A timely novel that explores the lighter side of the dark underbelly of our current position vis-a-vis the Kondratieff cycle. — H.D. Rizzo, 4loko, TXAR


The Lies That Women Believe

Last month, Dateline NBC did a feature about Wells Church, a cult started by two ex-frat members in Texas. In the background, there was a woman dressed in a long broomstick skirt, her white hair in…