August 18th, 2014 | 6:00am

Were taking a two-week August break from publishing new content. Please enjoy these hand-picked selections from our print and digital archives. Original writing, audio, and visual features will resume on September 1. Happy August!




Washington, D.C., summers have been hot since forever, so a place to swim is a necessity, not a luxury. In the 1950s and 1960s, no one had air conditioning at home, and the Potomac River was so polluted that a tetanus shot was advised if you fell in. We lived in Southeast when I was little, and my parents would drive across town to Georgetown, the rich part of the city, to the public pool. . . . [Click here to read more]

"An ArtPrize entry in the Grand River, 2013," by Oindrila Mukherjee
August 14th, 2014 | 6:00am

"An ArtPrize entry in the Grand River, 2013," by Oindrila Mukherjee

Your name: Caitlin Horrocks

Current city or town: Grand Rapids, Michigan

How long have you lived here? Almost seven years

Three words to describe the climate: “lake effect snow”

Best time of year to visit? June or October  

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August 13th, 2014 | 6:00am

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Each day during my week in Yokohama I played a game with Yoshida and Tanaka. They were responsible for the cleanliness of rooms on at least the 14th floor of a towering, fan-shaped, waterfront hotel. I was there for a geotechnical engineering conference.

I don’t like to leave my room a mess in hotels. It’ll be cleaned, sure; but I don’t take that as an invitation to complicate the lives of those who clean the room. But Yoshida and Tanaka were so exacting in their orderliness that I could not help but test the finer limits.

August 12th, 2014 | 6:00am

Welcome readers and listeners! This is The Common Contributor Podcast from The Common magazine. Every other month we invite our contributors to read and discuss each others work. This month we discuss two poems from Issue 06: “The Nature of a Hedge” by Paula Bohince and “How Strange, How Sweet” by Joshua Mehigan.

August 7th, 2014 | 6:00am

Bruce Bond reads his poem, “The City,” from Issue 07.