Offerings Review Part One

I wanted to review Typhoon’s new record, Offerings, when it came out last year. I wanted the review to be hip and short. But Offerings predicts the apocalypse. Hip and short reviews of apocalypse-predictions only work if the reviewer is being dismissive -- and I can’t...

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identity is not a fortress

It is fashionable to argue that no one may argue for or against a proposition unless one has had experience of its contents. Men are to make no arguments concerning abortion; cisgendered types ought not speculate on transgender experience; white people should stop...

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we are not radical

     I am a writer. It’s how I pay for things like food. And when I hear about an accusation of sexual assault against a Supreme Court candidate, my ears perk, my stomach growls, and I begin casting about for a hot take, some opinion, some theory from which to react....

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Use Your Children

    If you spend enough time reading the promoters of contraception -- whether for business or the refined pleasure of being moralized to -- you’ll come across a common description of a barrier to contraceptive access.  “Children are wealth to Africans,” as one poor...

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Pro Child Labor

     I am excited to have children, largely because I have a lot to do, and after a certain increase in muscle mass and spiritual faculty, a child can help me to do it. I tested this humdrum thought in my social circle, under the assumption that its busy occupants...

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Stock Photo Blues

I am beset by faces I cannot trust. They glower at me from billboards, they simper at me from screens, and look! There goes one now! Baring her teeth in the room where I wait to have the tender center of my tooth drilled out. Poor, dental stock-face. Tanned,...

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Reverence and Contraception

Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humane Vitae gave the perennial “no!” to the question of whether contraception could be used without endangering and degrading the human person.  Since its release and world tour in 1968, critics have characterized the encyclical as an...

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They Know Not What They Say

omewhere in the weary midwest, I drove past a billboard housing an advertisement from McDonald’s. Gluten and ground beef glared at me above an annotation reading: “100% Beef. 100% Bliss.” “Marge,” I screamed to my truck. “That's ground for a class-action lawsuit! How...

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The Cult of Affection

here is a kind of love that considers the beloved under the light of a shared history.  I am not certain that it has a name, but I’ll call it affection, a love that C.S. Lewis said was responsible “for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in...

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