“Many Dead, Many Dying” by Will Wootton

Excerpt from the memoir manuscript Good Fortune Next Time: Life, Death, Irony, and the Non-Profit Management of Very Small Colleges   December 13, 1993 When Rod Gander, the president of Marlboro College and my boss, climbed down from the hissing, dripping 6:00...

Thanksgiving on the Bosphorus: Hamams and Sacrificial Altars

By Angela Smith Kirkman I have an hour to myself with my notebook, and I’m stretched out on the ottoman like a cat. A warm fall breeze flows through the lofty windows of the flat we’ve rented in Istanbul (not Constantinople). As I put the final touches on today’s...

What is Sustainability?

By Dawn Gifford Sustainability is the capacity to endure. It’s about using what we need to live now, without jeopardizing the potential for people in the future to meet their needs, too. If an activity is said to be sustainable, it should be able to continue forever....

Seven Miles (memoir excerpt)

By Charlotte Gullick   Seven Miles He’s had a few too many. Should Helen call my mother? Nah, he’s fine. And after he makes his blurry way to the garbage truck, he climbs inside. The reek of trash still strong in the summer night air. He didn’t make the dump run...

How to Be (8)

Samantha Edmonds   Rather than Get accepted into the university of your choice, five and a half hours away from the boy you promised to marry, an hour from your mother. It will take you over two years to get your degree, more if you pursue the PhD, and in that...