New Editing and Media Updates Are Here

As many of you know, we periodically release new features and updates to the software that powers WordPress.com sites. We’re excited to share the freshest crop of improvements with you today, and hope they’ll make great content even easier to... Read More

Early Theme Adopters: Bloggy

Designed by Anariel Design, Bloggy is a stylish, sophisticated, and versatile premium theme that showcases text and photography equally well. What’s more, Bloggy sports Special Elite — a distinctive default font — on the site title, post titles, navigation, and... Read More

Indigenous People, Palestine, and History’s Judgements Part II. . . .

The concept of the so-called “manifest destiny” is a complex one. On the one hand it is steeped in fairly explicit racism and a brutal advocacy of the notion that might makes right. It is, one might argue, a complicated... Read More

Deaths in the Iliad: a Classics Infographic

  NOTE: this got viewed about 250,000 times before anyone noticed that, on the first graph, I’d accidentally put Hektor’s book 22 death (the only one) in the book 21 column. Good spot! I’ll edit soon. Also, there should also... Read More

\”Boyhood\” and Nonfiction Across Time

My notebooks: 20-plus years of texts written in the present Last night on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart interviewed Richard Linklater about his new movie “Boyhood,” which was shot over a period of 12 years. Thus, the three-hour film contains... Read More

Riding in Lifeboats with Ghosts

With permission, I have posted the email below. Afternoon Hannah, I’m moving to Athens, GA in three weeks. I know absolutely no one. I’m taking out a loan to start graduate school after I worked so hard to pay my... Read More

Exciting News: My Speaking Fee Reduced $25k

Please pass this news along to your alleged friends, your imaginary buddies in high places and all those blowhard relatives who say they know somebody who knows somebody who could maybe get you a backstage pass to the next Air... Read More

How to Be a Writer in the Year 2014

1. Write a lot of lists. Lists are cool. Lists are in. Lists are super easy to digest, and take very little of a potential reader’s effort, thought, or time. Throw a few funny gifs in there, and ignore the sinking... Read More

A Response to \”Women Against Feminism\”

Imagine this: The year is 2014. You are a white Western woman. You wake up in the morning in a comfortably sized house or flat. You have a full or part-time job that enables you to pay your rent or... Read More

No End in Sight: Academic Research and “Time Off”

  “Can you read these words to me, Amanda?” my first grade teacher asked, pointing at the cover of The Wheedle on the Needle. I shook my head and smiled, thinking this was some kind of trick. How the hell would I... Read More

On Writing for Free and Trying to “Make It”

Deadspin published a guest article today from a former Bleacher Report intern and writer, naming many of the company’s flaws as it pertained to his quest to become a professional sports journalist. There is some vulgar language included (It’s Deadspin,... Read More

Silence for the Sake of Gaza

Ibrahim Muhawi’s translation of Journal of an Ordinary Grief (Ar: 1973, Eng: 2010) is dedicated to the people of Gaza. This is from the section “Silence for the Sake of Gaza”: Gaza is not the most beautiful of cities. Her coast is... Read More

9 Things Han Solo Taught Me About Being a Dad

As a child of the ’70s, I considered Han Solo the epitome of manhood. Fiercely independent, yet secretly sentimental. Skeptical, but willing to believe in magic if he sees it with his own eyes. Secure enough in his own skin... Read More

My Letter to the Financial Post

William Watson is an economist who is right to be chagrined by the presence of only one professional economist on the 16-member Economic Advisory Council (“There’s a lot more to the economy than simply business,”–FP  July 17). He argues that... Read More

The Tsilhqot’in Decision

Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia , announced on June 26, 2014, is the most important case on native rights since the Delgamuukw  decision back in December of 1997.  Since it originates in a dispute about aboriginal title right in our... Read More

The Way We Kill Now

After the state of Arizona injected 55-year old convicted murderer Joseph R. Wood III with an untested 2-drug execution cocktail (hydromorphone, an opioid painkiller that suppresses respiration, and a sedative called midazolam), it took him nearly two hours to die. He also “gasped... Read More

Making the Cut

You’re young, and your mom cuts the crust off your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and then you’re old, and the director is yelling “cut” and it’s all over. We can talk about a life cut short but I’d much... Read More

Just Try

I can tell you about fifteen hours a week of therapy. I can tell you about speech delays, sensory processing disorder, language processing disorder and social anxiety. I can tell you about impaired motor skills and cognitive abilities impossible to assess.... Read More

A Simple, Intense Tomato Soup with Maftoul

I often get funny looks when I suggest this at my weight management groups and my cancer nutrition classes. No one quite rolls their eyes, but I do feel a collective will not to laugh; a suppression of an exasperated “you’ve got... Read More

What People Think When You Have 4 Kids

I will soon have four kids. Therefore you assume that I: 1. Am Mormon or Catholic 2. Like to have sex but don’t know how to use birth control 3. Have plans to start my own farm and therefore need... Read More