Something very much like sadness and very much like develish enjoyment | Poetry

Harmony Holiday

Oblivion is full of so much optimism it’s almost time for bombs to go off and I haven’t selected to right hue of lipstick   the one that suggests ripeness with a hint of ironic smoldering   that I’m on the market   that I’m sold   and about to blow up   cherry mist in the dust of biofilms white teeth chattering as debris flies by in arks of broken memory dendrites of hypothetical...

Truth to Power | Our Dissident Obsession

Alexander Wells

If you are concerned about your children — if you suspect they might be taking their freedoms for granted, or failing to sufficiently appreciate the Great American Experiment — then perhaps the Dissident Project can help. This initiative, founded in 2022 by a Venezuelan-born Columbia graduate student named Daniel Di Martino, offers to bring real-life dissidents to present at your kid’s high school, gratis. Its mission? To inform the youth...

Dispatches on the War on Gaza

Bobuq Sayed, Dylan Saba, Hadas Binyamini, Mariam Barghouti, Nasreen Abd Elal, Natan Last, Sophia Goodfriend

There have been many dark hours in Gaza since war broke out on October 7, but on Friday, that darkness became literal: for 34 hours, internet and phone services were shut down, cutting off Gazans from one another and from the outside world. As the violence continues into a fourth week, we asked writers to share their perspectives on the unfolding crisis from across the globe — from the West...

Davy | Fiction

K Patrick

Ronnie did not know the bed-and-breakfast was haunted until she checked in. Then, there it was, proudly announced on a leaflet propped up on the desk. The Fifth Most Haunted Building in the Country. They went all over, assured the woman retrieving Ronnie’s room key, and this place came in the top five!  The woman was proud, referred to the ghosts as “they.” Told Ronnie that they must have put...

Turning the Tables

Nancy Ko

Deep down, here’s what we already know: this is not just a war. It is not just a war because wars happen between states. It is not just a war because there is a world of difference between a military with the capacity to even consider cutting off water, electricity, and routes of escape to more than two million of its captives — and the people who are those captives....

“A Desperate Situation Getting More Desperate” | An Interview with Rashid Khalidi

The Drift

Since Hamas’s gruesome attack on October 7, we’ve watched as Israel has — with our government’s blessing and material aid — bombarded the captive residents of the Gaza Strip and displaced more than a million people. As protesters around the globe have expressed outrage at Israeli violence, a series of debates has played out on the American left: over whether mourning the deaths of 1,400 Israelis lends cover to Israel’s...

To the Watchlist | Poetry

George Abraham

a disappearing ghazal for my body, staying I get it. You’re obsessed with me. Damn the waters, now you’ll be blessed with me. When did you get this fabulous? A beloved said after reading your little profile, your unintentional publicity for me. I still hope someone spits in a zionist’s salad today, & not in a sexy way — Happy Aries Season to me! Call it what you will —...

the ghosts of the dead sea are rising | Poetry

George Abraham

from the waters] alight [with the oceans] alight [against] alight [this seasink] alight [into land] alight [of us] alight [turned robe] alight [of concrete] alight [and cement] alight [the desert] alight [bloomed] alight [into strip] alight [ma(u/l)l] alight [settler] alight [on branch] alight [of their own] alight [making] alight [they see us] alight [daily] alight [wade into] alight [beneath which] alight [o gaze] alight [o un-attention] alight [o hyper] alight...

Propaganda, Disinformation, Ideology

Erik Baker

The image of the “fog of war,” former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara explains in Errol Morris’s 2003 documentary of the same name, suggests that “war is so complex it’s beyond the ability of the human mind to comprehend all the variables.” In this way war resembles the rest of reality — a fact that McNamara perceives dimly but often succeeds in putting out of mind. “Belief and seeing, they’re...

The Bad Patient | Fake Illnesses, Illness Fakers, and the Problem of Medical Testimony

B.D. McClay

In July of 2022, a woman we’ll call F. logged onto Instagram and posted a selfie from the hospital. “Just been told I’m on life support for my blood pressure,” she wrote, tagging the post with various medical terms and conditions: #gastroparesis, #addisonsdisease, #pancreatitis, #fullbowelobstruction, and even #lifesupport. Three days later, she said she was out of the I.C.U. but still struggling. By September, she was dead.  A scroll through...