Asking Permission, or, My Education in Copyright Law

Medieval library

I’d thought I was done. It had taken me five years to write my first book, a densely researched work of immersion and memoir set in the context of yoga in the 19th and 20th centuries. I’d conducted dozens of hours of interviews and cited over a hundred texts and unpublished letters. It sold as a completed manuscript and took another year to get through edits, production, and blurbs. Who knew there was still more to overcome. And who knew that what I learned from the experience would, many years later, help me confront a traumatic and unspoken fact from my family’s past.

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Six Ridiculous Questions: Rob Roberge

Rob Roberge

The guiding principle of Six Ridiculous Questions is that life is filled with ridiculousness. And questions. That only by giving in to these truths may we hope to slip the surly bonds of reality and attain the higher consciousness we all crave. (Eh, not really, but it sounded good there for a minute.) It’s just. Who knows? The ridiculousness and question bits, I guess. Why six? Assonance, baby, assonance.

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Sunday Stories: “Morning Music”


Morning Music
by Jasper Diamond Nathaniel

Elliot lay awake, his cheeks burning as the sun crept in through the mangled curtains and came to rest on his face.  “Let’s get up,” he said, “don’t you want to have a real morning?” Maxine, her eyes closed, rolled over to face the wall and squeezed the pillow over her ears.  He knew what was coming next but he touched her shoulder anyway.

“Stop it,” she said, “I’m serious,” and then she pulled the covers over her shoulder and inched closer to the wall.

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