Sunday Poem

Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly, Asleep on the black trunk, Blowing like a leaf in green shadow. Down the ravine behind the empty house, The cowbells follow one another Into the distances of the afternoon. To my right, In a…

The Islamic State’s Lingering Legacy among Young Men from the Mosul Area

Scott Atran, Hoshang Waziri, Ángel Gomez, Hammad Sheikh, Lucia Lopez-Rodriguez, Charles Rogan, and Richard Davis at the Combating Terrorism Center: From July to October 2017, the authors conducted in-depth, one-on-one interviews, including evaluation on a series of psychological measures, with young Sunni men just coming out from under Islamic State rule in Mosul, Iraq, and…

The Endless Summer by Madame Nielsen

Joseph Schreiber at The Quarterly Conversation: The Danish transgender performance artist, has, over the course of her career, presented, masqueraded, invented, and re-invented herself many times, even having her birth-identified self, Claus Beck-Nielsen, declared dead along the way. (He was ultimately revived when the lack of any identity altogether proved too difficult to sustain.) The…

Saturday Poem

the other nils the hand in the mirror moved a fraction of a second before his own . his hand followed as if drawn to scratch his nose where the mirror hand already gave relief the mirror eye began to wink and his own eyelids slid together in conspiracy . he left the bathroom quickly,…

The Literature of Mars: A Brief History

John Tuttle at The Millions: It was really not until the ’90s when quality literature about Mars and Martians became popular again. This is because it was in the 1990s that high-tech probes like Mars Global Surveyor, Pathfinder, and Sojourner landed on the planet, giving us new, more detailed imagery of the Martian surface. The…