All posts by Aaron Weiner

If You’re Here With Us, Give Us a Sign of Your Perversion by Stev Weidlich


My wife is a ghost hunter. Actually, my wife considers herself more of a Paranormal Anthropologist. But, essentially, she’s a ghost hunter. And if that makes you think of poorly socialized men on basic cable running around decrepit buildings in the dark, adorned with over-moussed fauxhawks, poorly groomed goatees, and overdeveloped vanity muscles, then you’re in the ballpark. My wife does tend to bump around decrepit buildings or other structures in the dark. However, she doesn’t tend to run screaming from strange noises and the word “Bro” is noticeably absent from her vocabulary. As part … Continue reading If You’re Here With Us, Give Us a Sign of Your Perversion by Stev Weidlich

Eyeclops by Grace Maselli


His single working eyeball strained left to meet my gaze, protruding slightly from the taught skin around his eye. Walter the electrician and I stood diagonal to each other, looking through the glass door of my rental house. “I’m here to check the wires,” he said, muffled through the glass. Not long before he showed up I had sent an email to my property manager: “A snow storm is on the way. My kids have no heat or lights in their bedrooms. It’s been three days since I called you with the problem. Three days … Continue reading Eyeclops by Grace Maselli

Why Mitt Can Not Talk About Being Mormon by Jane Barnes


At the start of Romney’s 2007 run, most newspapers ran stories on his Mormonism, but only to declare his religion was no obstacle. Who would entertain such a prejudice at this point in our history? A leaked memo from Romney’s campaign changed all that. The document described Romney as “sensitive” to the fact Mormonism was considered “weird” and concerned about the many ways it could derail his run for president. According to the memo, Romney and his staff had decided he should emphasize how he’d led his life (rather than mention the particular church which … Continue reading Why Mitt Can Not Talk About Being Mormon by Jane Barnes

Chairs by Andy Bockhold


Andy’s first canoe trip down the Little Miami River was the same day his mother was set to come home from the hospital after a major bowel resection. A week earlier surgeons had opened her up from navel to groin to remove necrotic portions of her lower intestines that had shriveled up like rotten calamari and blocked her from passing anything thicker than water. Once they were finished inside, they cinched her open wounds together and stapled them shut. She now had a train track-like incision complete with railroad ties running down her stretched pink … Continue reading Chairs by Andy Bockhold

Why People Love Woody Allen by Joe Arton


In November of 2011, PBS aired the latest addition in their American Masters series; Woody Allen: A Documentary. Robert Weide’s celebrity profile of Allen was a thorough and nuanced examination of his life and work. Aside from Weide’s unprecedented access to the pathologically private star, the documentary’s combination of star study, textual analysis and cultural context makes it one of the most important works on Allen and a triumph of the celebrity documentary form. However, in the film’s almost two hour running time, divided over two consecutive nights, it failed to answer a central question … Continue reading Why People Love Woody Allen by Joe Arton

Of Solecisms & Video Games


[frame align=”right”][/frame]There probably isn’t very much overlap between those who follow current events in the world of video games and the literature enthusiasts who would frequent this blog, so I’ll try to go over the basics quickly: there is a great storm of controversy currently roaring through the world of electronic gaming! When the third and final entry in the Mass Effect series was released in March, it was the object of great critical acclaim and much player mockery. The gamers’ derision stems from its ending, which many found underwhelming, inconclusive, and inexplicable. I bring … Continue reading Of Solecisms & Video Games

Blue Coat by Dania Rajendra


The blue coat is slung over my arm, and I consider it against the long row of our walk-in closet. I do own four other coats, but this one was a gift from my once-closest friend Cue. I contemplate whether, at the landmark age of twenty-nine, I am now too old to wear fake blue fur. I hope not. I loved this coat so much that a few years ago, I paid a tailor at my neighborhood dry cleaning joint fifty bucks to reline it. Fifty bucks and he used the cheapest of polyester and … Continue reading Blue Coat by Dania Rajendra

Jemima Wilkinson, Elusive Messiah by Robert Boucheron


Jemima Wilkinson (1752-1819) was born in Cumberland, Rhode Island of Quaker parents, the eighth of twelve children. When she was about twelve years old, her mother died after giving birth. These facts might go far to explain Wilkinson’s career as a revivalist preacher, advocate of celibacy, leader of a millennial sect, and founder of a utopian community. Or they might not. Called the first American-born woman to found a religious group, Wilkinson is a rare figure in the history of faith, and one of the most elusive. Starting two years after her death, Wilkinson has … Continue reading Jemima Wilkinson, Elusive Messiah by Robert Boucheron