About Alan Atchison

Alan Atchison is Co-Editor of The Rogue. He is an Online Editor at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also pursuing a Masters of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Hitting for the Cycle, a baseball-infused story about a couple's journey toward parenthood amidst infertility. He lives with his wife and daughter in Philadelphia, PA.

Ebolaphobia: Bullying Families Into Keeping Healthy Kids Out of School

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A few days ago, officials at Howard R. Yocum Elementary School in Maple Shade Township, New Jersey, took it upon themselves to play doctor and label two incoming students from an Ebola-free country as a potential Ebola risk to their entire student body. Stop and let the absurdity of that statement sink in. It all began when the Yocum Elementary nurse sent a letter to staff members informing them that two new students from Rwanda (a country in East Africa) would soon be arriving at the school. … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Temporarily Stepping Down (Heartfelt Repentance or Good Acting?)

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Mark Driscoll, head pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has been no stranger to the controversial spotlight throughout his pastoral career. But opinions by people simply being annoyed or offended at his style and tone have taken a sharp and serious turn over the past year as some major accusations have come to light.  A few weeks ago, the Acts 29 church network removed Driscoll (the co-founder) from the network, citing "ungodly and disqualifying behavior." Additionally, just a few days ago, … [Read more...]

Introducing the Brand New ADOPTION TICKLE-ME CHALLENGE

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Supposedly there's this thing going around the interwebs called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Very few people know about it, of course. Only the entire country or so. After the ALS Association received more millions in donations this year than ever before (which is really awesome) it got me thinking about what other Internet campaigns might take hold next and bring awareness and much needed funds to desperately-worthy causes.And then it hit me...I give you the brand new Adoption … [Read more...]

Earth 2.0: Alien Life as Humanity’s Reset Button

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In 1996's Independence Day, President Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman, definitively declared that "the question of whether or not we're alone in the universe has been answered." This line was both chilling and gripping because, well, the aliens started blowing stuff up. A few days ago, however, Pullman's famous cinematic quote was nearly repeated when NASA astronomer Kevin Hand stated, "I think in the next twenty years, we will find out we are not alone in the universe." As if that wasn't a … [Read more...]

Getting Hit and Moving Forward: Pursuing the Dream of Full Time Writing

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Some say that once you figure out what you truly want to do as a career, you never have to work a day in your life. I've never believed that. Don't get me wrong, I'm convinced there's immense joy in being paid to do what you truly love. But getting there and - just as crucial - staying there takes the kind of grunt work that will most likely break your back and shatter your soul in the process.At least, as I'm learning, that's how it is for those pursuing full time careers as writers.As … [Read more...]

Happy 40th Birthday to Jonathan Ryan from All of Us at The Rogue!

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Left Behind is Stupid…(And That’s Why it’s Fun)

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Nicolas Cage is at it again! The guy who rescued us from chemical terrorism at Alcatraz and found national treasure in New York's Trinity Church is now working to ensure we're not left behind. If you're anything like me - which I don't necessarily recommend - you've probably seen the first full trailer of the new upcoming Left Behind film, based on the best selling series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.When I was in college, I devoured the book series because, well, it was … [Read more...]

Living in a World Where “Nobody Says Hi Anymore” – A Review of J. Shepard Trott’s Novella

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I hear feet. Sprinting feet. They are coming down the main street, they haven't seen me...They are naked. They are dirty everywhere but around their mouths, where their tongues clean a circle. The only mess around their mouths is blood, which is mostly between their teeth with small flecks like freckles on their faces...Their bodies are gashed. Their zeal in pursuit produces these cuts, as they hurdle barbed wire fences and crash through doors with no thought to their health. Still, they are … [Read more...]

Brain Massage: The Mysterious Phenomenon of ASMR

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Imagine this, if you will. I'm in a first grade class. We just did a bunch of math problems and the teacher sends around one student with an answer key and red pen to check everyone's work. As the student reaches me, she picks up my sheet, which makes a light crinkling sound. I don't know why, but I like this sound and feel an instant calm wash over me. She sets the sheet down and my eyes droop in relaxation from the tap-tap-tap of her pen on the sheet as she compares my work to the almighty … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead…But Films Like This Should Be (Part 2)

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It's official. God's Not Dead, released by Pure Flix Entertainment, has been nothing short of a financial smash success, raking in over $8 million in its first three days. Opening in just 780 theaters nation-wide, the film made close to $3 million on its Friday release date alone, en route to cementing itself as the number three movie of the weekend.I guess this is the part where I admit to being way off base in part one of my review, in which I offered some harsh reactions and assessments … [Read more...]


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