Saving the Horses of Our Imagination
What’s to be done about Appalachia’s beloved, abandoned herds?
The Curious Case of Ketron Island
This is the enigma of Ketron Island, an eternal push and pull between what is and what could be; what people come in search for—what they dream of—and what is. What makes it insufferable is also what makes it magnetic. The draw of a Walden Pond just across the Sound speaks to a yearning lodged…
Searching for Mira: The enduring legacy of slavery and brutality in the South
Mira, who lived and died about two hours west of Chapel Hill, was at the center of a North Carolina Supreme Court case nearly two centuries ago, taught briefly by my professor in this class. It has been eight years since I graduated, and Mira has been on my heart ever since.
Searching for Zarahemla: A van, the Yucatán, five Latter-day Saints, and the malleable nature of truth
Recounting an epic Mormon road trip across Mesoamerica. How many ways are there to tell a story? And how do we know what’s true?
The Death of Daniel Prude and the Birth of a Thousand Lies
In the spring of 2020, Rochester, New York, was poised for genuine police reform. Then came a 911 call for a Black man in crisis.
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