For and Against the Nation

Introduction Where does evidence of a nation lie? Is it in songs bristling with the…

We Thank You For Your Honesty

Introduction What does politics mean, how does it play out, and how must it be…
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The Dog Walker

Introduction In Japan they do things differently. After all, this is a nation that invented…
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Lady Victopress

Introduction Losing one’s face, losing one’s name, losing one’s self—many horror stories are premised on…

Mothers & Sons

Introduction The dilemma of a belief in the innocence of children is most acute when…
Aborginal Man, Kakadu park, Australia

Bailey’s Song

Introduction Geography is a science. It is also a sentiment. Anyone who has migrated either…

Broken Poet

Introduction The English Department: a grind of self-effacing imperatives during the day and orgiastic impulses…

Elephant Country

Introduction I do not remember when I saw my first elephant. Perhaps it isn’t possible…

Cartoon Man

Introduction The modern traumatized hero is usually a nobody. Billy Pilgrim in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five…

Dirty Phone Calls

Introduction The dirty phone call is one of those foreseeable and yet unforeseen side-effects of…