The Weather

Ornithology

“The birds in Nicaragua aren’t watching cable news,” the ornithologist said. “So they’ll migrate the same time as they always do?” I asked. “Birds determine when to head north by the position of the sun. When…

Song of the Adjunct

Excuses

Mine is a world of endless excuses. Every due date, every end of semester, every time another do-nothing kid who’s five over the four-absence limit swings by my office to tell me all about his hardships—the…

Interviews

Jesse Ball

Through games, lies, and uncertain identities, Jesse Ball charts the give and take of competing realities. His writing feels architectural and theatrical, with narrative structures that could be drawn by an Etch A Sketch master: his…

The Weather

Have You Heard?

My dad, a retired fighter pilot, needed hearing aids for a while before he actually got them. It had reached a tragicomic point: we could no longer tell if he was actually mishearing us, or pretending…

The Weather

The 101: The Poetry Brothel

Trop sits down in Chicago with Lisa Marie Basile AKA Luna Liprari to chat about The Poetry Society of New York’s eccentric, popular, and only sometimes awkward poetry series known as The Poetry Brothel.   Listen to…

Books

Called to Terror

I picked up Amanda Coe’s debut novel, What They Do In The Dark, not because I had heard of it (which I hadn’t) or because it was propped up on the bookseller’s “staff picks” shelf (which it was),…

Letters to Jake

Triangle

Hey Jake It looks like it’s time to take matters into my own hands. Yes, I understand that you have priorities to balance. And yes, I understand that you can’t introduce me to Sarah at the…

The Weather

Migrate!

Since moving to LA last fall and becoming one with the highways, on their shoulders I have seen a dead skunk, at least a couple dead possums and something I think was, at one time, a dog. But…

The Weather

The General

The past few months here in Milledgeville, Georgia, have been unseasonably warm, even for this part of the world. I’ve noticed two immediate results. One is a bumper crop of enormous flying German cockroaches (“palmetto bugs”)…