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  • On the need for emotion

    February 12, 2019 by

    There’s been some hubbub in Reformed circles recently about how you’re supposed to tell your feelings to “shut up” because presumably Jesus wants you to. Ultimately it doesn’t matter if you’ve been following the back-and-forth; it’s something that tends to crop up a lot in those theological circles. Here’s what I think about that: aside… Read more

  • The 19 Individuals who are Ruining Burning Man for the Tech Bros

    September 24, 2018 by

    The Honeypot: attractive girl paid to stand in front of steampunk leatherwear or wallet-busting, all-inclusive camps. Like everyone else, dressed in a few wisps of bespoke spandex; a fair-trade body chain; forehead crystals; and thigh-high boots to ward off the chemical burns of the toxic alkali Black Rock desert. Looks sexier in this costume than… Read more

  • The power of gossip

    October 18, 2017 by

    Some of the women who were harassed by Harvey Weinstein mentioned a kind of code: whispered information passed between women about who to avoid, who was a creep. This code was even the source of a joke in an SNL skit from last Saturday; “the code was ‘he raped me.’ That way, if any men… Read more

  • For the not-all-men

    October 17, 2017 by

    My little brother once carried an unconscious woman to her friend’s house so that the man who had roofied her, whoever he was and nobody seemed to know, would be far away; so she would wake up in a familiar and comfortable place. This is for all the men who have chosen to use their… Read more

  • Ode to Jael

    October 16, 2017 by

    He thinks that you, a woman will give him all that he desires: warm welcome, the work of your body, a pillow to repose upon and sleep. So when he speaks, he uses his own language; the glint of his armor and the dried blood on his sword will do the translating for him. He… Read more

  • Hipster Yuppie First World Problems

    May 24, 2017 by

    1. Never been to Burning Man. 2. Whole Foods Kombucha selection not local enough. 3. My spa-day anti-aging intravenous vitamin drip is making my arm burn a little bit. 4. Have to keep hitting “connect” every 30 minutes for the free wifi at the airport. 5. Bartender is out of smoked hibiscus salt. 6. Google… Read more

  • On tribes

    April 23, 2017 by

    I recently visited a woman in an assisted living home in Texas, near Fort Worth. I remembered how, as a child, I visited my great-grandmother and her twin sister at their shared home in Fort Worth, how I tentatively touched the folded skin of her ancient hands and throat and how small, even then, their… Read more

  • Tamar, 1% temptress

    February 25, 2017 by

    Dear friends, This is Jonadab, Prince Amnon’s confidant. I am happy to report that Amnon is repentant and has accepted the gospel. Ammon really nailed himself over this stuff to me, so please accept him back into the fold and remember: I’m still a great guy even though I’m friends with men like Ammon. Why?… Read more

  • Depressing diatribe on date-rape

    January 14, 2017 by

    Maybe it’s the mid-January slump where people are most likely statistically to commit suicide, but in the past six days, I’ve learned that five of my friends have been date-raped and that a sixth friend, whom I already knew was raped years ago, had been raped again recently. Nobody reported any of it. Additional women voiced… Read more

  • How (not) to bribe a Mexican cop

    January 12, 2017 by

    Tulum is uneventful, unless you consider shopping, yoga, food and beach time eventful. I try not to voice my opinion that I feel like I’m stuck in some alternate reality created for tourists, although I frequently fail. We leave for home at 3:45 am on Christmas Eve, filling up the gas tank on the way… Read more

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