Does Technology Have a Soul?

“Today, as AI continues to blow past us in benchmark after benchmark of higher cognition, we quell our anxiety by insisting that what distinguishes true consciousness is emotions, perception, the ability to experience and feel: the qualities, in other words, that we share with animals.”

Published: Aug 24, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,392 words)

The First Christmas Meal

“To Robert May’s generation, Christmas was much more about the adult experience of the world—and it crackled with potential danger.”

Published: Dec 17, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,333 words)

Verdigris: The Color of Oxidation, Statues, and Impermanence

“Verdigris is emblematic of that movement. It’s a blue-green, yes. But more importantly, it’s a quality. It is hard to give it a hex code because it’s not flat. It’s a color made from change.”

Published: Nov 24, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,213 words)

Russet, the Color of Peasants, Fox Fur, and Penance

“But russet means more than red-like, red-adjacent. It also means rustic, homely, rough. It also evokes mottled, textured, coarse. The word describes a quality of being that can affect people as well as vegetables.”

Published: Oct 20, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,923 words)

The Legacy of Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde “recognized that there would never be a perfect time to speak up because ‘while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.'”

Author: Roxane Gay
Published: Sep 17, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,528 words)

Periwinkle, the Color of Poison, Modernism, and Dusk

Katy Kelleher meditates on mauve, purple, and periwinkle in history, art, and in the beauty of quarantine sunsets.

Published: Aug 19, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,115 words)

Performing Whiteness

“What are you carrying dormant in your body that springs up when confronted with Black joy, Black power, Black brilliance, Black Blackness in the world? How can you train your bodies to respond differently when you are triggered, when you’re in fight-or-flight mode? How can I help you stop yourselves from killing us?”

Published: Jun 8, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,373 words)

No Shelter

Publishing, promoting, and trying to keep a timely book visible during a pandemic.

Published: Apr 30, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,484 words)

Fathers Sway above It All

“My mother’s absence in my life has always haunted me more than my father’s abuse, which is why I suppose I wrote a novel about a mother leaving a daughter.”

Published: Apr 1, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,022 words)

W. H. Auden Was a Messy Roommate

An organized life is not always a productive life.

Published: Mar 25, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,598 words)