January 22nd, 2014 | 9:00am



Details Concerning the Individual Denizens and Their Residences

In New Mexico, days end with soaking the frijoles for tomorrow. They start with a lump of bacon grease sizzling in a cast-iron pan, with chipping a chunk of green chilé from one of the blocks in the freezer. People like food that hurts them as they eat it. Even the cocoa has chilé in it and a Spanish name and must be beaten to a froth.


January 21st, 2014 | 9:00am


As I approached the corner of Throop Avenue and Van Buren Street in early summer 2013, I couldn't help but notice the giant "Murder - $50,000 Reward" sign that loomed over the intersection, emblazoned with the photo of a dead businessman. The New York City neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, I'd heard, was still a little "rough," but the sign was unlike anything I'd seen outside of Wild West movies. Almost comically, the image was plastered with a blood-red 'Solved' caption, as though calling out a fatuous warning: attention, would-be Bed-Stuy murderers - you might, eventually, be caught.

reviewed by Karen Uhlmann
January 20th, 2014 | 9:00am



What We’ve Lost is Nothing, a debut novel by Rachel Louise Snyder, weaves the stories of a group of neighbors in famously liberal Oak Park, Illinois, after burglars hit every house on the block in a single afternoon. The residents’ reactions expose their fears and mistaken assumptions about safety and acceptance.


Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Berit Watkin
January 17th, 2014 | 9:00am

(translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones)

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Berit Watkin





[A priest from Kalmar...]


January 15th, 2014 | 9:00am

Often, Jim left for work at 5:30 am. I’d hear the old Volvo growl to life, struggle into the snowy lane, and twitter and squeal as it slowly picked up speed on the icy street going away.

Jim and Bridgette and their kids live in the other half of the rental house we both share.  We have two incomes and two cars; they have one income and one car. We have one child (age 2); they have six (ages 7 – 21), who are of three fathers and two mothers, but only the youngest two children (who have different biological fathers) have consistently lived here.